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Mike Brown fired as Cavaliers coach

May 24, 2010, 2:58 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Mbrown.jpgWhile you were watching the Lost finale, Mike Brown was losing his job.

Multiple sources are reporting that the Cavaliers coach was fired Sunday night.

This was expected after the Cavaliers were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Celtics. But while everyone knew it was going to happen, it did not happen fast, Brown got to twist in the wind for a week.

Nine days ago Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert denied a report that he had already made up his mind about Brown, saying would make a decision in seven to 10 days. But he had a bigger gun to his head — a Sunday night midnight deadline of $4.5 million. According to his contract if Brown was not released within 10 days of the Cavaliers season ending, he would have to be paid his full $4.5 million salary for next year. That deadline was midnight Sunday.

Now Brown is gone. It leaves a couple big questions.

First, what is next for Mike Brown? While the Cavaliers were not happy with him, at least some of the five teams still looking for coaches might have interest in a guy who coached a team to the best record in the East two seasons in a row. He is the kind of defensive-focused coach general managers prefer, he likely will get interviews.

Second, what is next for the Cavaliers? Or, more realistically, who can they hire as coach that will help keep LeBron James in town? Certainly, as any team would do with its biggest star, he would be consulted about anyone hired. But will it have any influence on his decision is hard to say. And right now everything Cleveland does is about getting him to stay. No first-time head coaches need apply here.

  1. Axe Head - May 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    This is why it’s not wise to hire a black man. If you fire him for any good reason, the accusation of “racism” invariably rears its ugly head.

  2. Nate - May 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    It sounds as if there was a lot of shananigans going on behind the scenes in C-town. The players were not motivated to win. Coaches can only do so much. You can lead a horse to water, but you can not make it drink, as the old saying goes. The players are only going to listen for so long. Then, they (players) start thinking that they know everything, stop listening to direction, and all of a sudden we got ourselves a “Mike Brown” situation. The NBA is a “Players League”!!!

  3. lexafan - May 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Lebron was coaching this team. Didn’t you ever watch a shot of the huddle during a time out? Mike would let Lebron direct the other players, then put his hand in the huddle for the “1-2-3 let’s go”! I don’t feel sorry for MB because his use of subs was bizzare.

  4. Sports Fan With Attitude - May 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Brown is a good regular season coach, but after watching some of those “right inside the huddle” pep talks they show us fans on TV he didn’t seem to have the respect of the players. They just straight-up ignored him it seemed to me. If you weren’t an NBA player before you became a coach, today’s players are going to ignore you for the most part. Guys like Jackson, Sloan, Popovich, and Rivers…even guys like Woodson, Brooks, McMillan, Westphal, Rambis, Karl, Adelman, and Skiles were NBA players first. Brown never played a day in the bigs. He started off as a video coordinator for Denver.

  5. Nate - May 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    It is a moot point to give X and O’s adjustments when the players will not execute the plan, (e.g. Orlando, game 3). The players have to take ownership for their performance, just like the coach. However, it does not appear that the players are going to held accountable, just Mike Brown. The bottom line is the players did not execute. They have the talent. There has to be self motivation. They are grown men making A LOT OF MONEY TO PERFORM!

  6. Terry T - May 26, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    no Hickson no championship coach brown never played the man who helped the Cavs get the best record in the N.B.A Mike Browns playoff coaching is terrible No right adjustments were made last yers or this year we need a coach who coaches not let the players coach,we havent had a championship in 45years here in Cleveland and we are sooooo thirsty……excuse me i need more water.i’ve been thirsty for 45years….right now why we have the best players in the N.B.A. and now they are watchin the playoffs for a 5th strait year

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