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Mike Brown still the coach in Cleveland. For now.

May 14, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

Mbrown.jpgUPDATE 2:50 PM: He may not have it for that much longer, but Mike Brown is still the Cavaliers coach, said team owner Dan Gilbert in a press conference Friday afternoon.

“That’s not true,” Gilbert said of the report from Sports Illustrated that Brown has been fired. “Right now we are going through the evaluating process. Talking to Mike Brown, Danny Ferry.”

Sports Illustrated is not backing down, as the magazine’s Chris Mannix tweeted:

SI stands by reporting: Gilbert has made his decision. Brown will not be back.

Gilbert said every aspect of the basketball operations would be looked at, with a decision to come in the next seven to 10 days. Gilbert also said that General Manager Danny Ferry’s job will be evaluated.

This may well be a formality. Nobody expects Mike Brown to have his job in a few weeks, likely not even Mike Brown. But there are serious questions for the team to address including how it was built — Brown is a defense-first coach who was given defensively challenged players like Shaq and Antawn Jamison to work with this year. Gilbert seems to understand the review for the franchise needs to be total.

1:54 pm: The rumor mill had been buzzing almost since the clock expired last night and it was going full steam this morning — Mike Brown was on his way out as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s still expected. But has it happened yet?

Sports Illustrated says yes, citing two league sources.

The most reliable source for Cavaliers news — Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plains Dealer — says no. Adding at least not yet.

CBS’s Ken Berger backs up Windhorst. ESPN’s Ric Bucher  and Chris Broussard said the same thing.

It’s going to happen, it’s all about the timing. This may be about the details of how and when he is fired, he may still have his job right now but everyone does know it is coming.

We will find out more when Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert speaks to the media at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, although this press conference is not supposed to be about Brown.

  1. skidog - May 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    He needs to be fired, with some the decisions he made are un heard of/Lebron checking Rondo.

  2. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Personally, I think NBA teams have a serious problem with loyalty when a coach is fired because certain expectations, whether realistic or not, go unmet, even though their team is palying well enough to post the best regular season record in the league. Where is all the criticism when the same team ends up going a stretch of 10 to 12 seasons with a losing record and missing the playoffs altogether after firing said coach? I think we live in an era of “rush to judgment and forget the facts”. I think teams need to put down the newspapers and turn off the television and stop allowing the mainstream media to dictate it’s strategic future. I think the NBA will be a much better league if that happens.

  3. Kakorat369 - May 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    actually skidog lebron said he should not mike brown lebron wanted jamison and shaq probably mo williams also the blame goes to lebron first over anyone

  4. Bill-Sonora - May 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    What the hell did you say?!
    Couldnt understand anything!
    Dude, use some punctuation PLEASE!

  5. sweet equity - May 14, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    i came from another country but no matter how much I figured it out, your comment does not mean anything.

  6. wizard of Ozola - May 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    CLEVELAND, THE MISTAKE(S) BY THE LAKE , IT AIN’T FAKE, PUT BROWN IN THE OVEN AND BAKE !! HE DONE, LIKE A BUN . HE CAN JOIN MORE D FIRST COACHES , AVERY JOHNSON AND SAM MITCHELL ON THE SLIDE TO THE SIDE.HEY, WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE AN O FIRST COACH LIKE NELSON WITH A D FIRST COACH LIKE JEFF VAN GUNDRY ? AN UGLY MOTHER LIKE CHARLES BARKELY !!!

  7. BOliver - May 14, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Shame on you MSNBC! Why would you report something as “news” when it hasn’t happened? I am getting so sick of this suggestive reporting!

  8. BOliver - May 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Shame on you MSNBC! Why would you report something as “news” when it hasn’t happened? I am getting so sick of this suggestive reporting!

  9. memo - May 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    I thought he should have been fired after they were defeated by San Antonio. Never too impressed with his coaching, but then I am a spur fan.

  10. Eric - May 15, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    He should be fired! He was out coached three years running, yes he is a defensive coach but, you have to develope a identity from the players dealt to you. JJ should have been on the floor. Speed the play up, Charles Barkley said “the way Mike has them playing half court, 1 on 5 won’t beat the better teams” he was right. LeBron watched TNT (Win or Go Home) and listed to JayZ (Already Home) and Mike Brown should have called on Phil Jackson for the BluePrint! Mike, I not gonna shoot you but, your fired!

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