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Report: Cavaliers may move quickly to sign Mike Brown. Why exactly?

Apr 19, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

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Are there really a lot of teams clamoring for the services of Mike Brown?

We told you yesterday that the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering bringing back Mike Brown to coach the team after the firing of Byron Scott. I could see that. Despite what Lakers fans think, Brown is a solid NBA coach. The real question was whether Brown (who is still getting paid $4 million a year by the Lakers) would want to jump back into the game or take a year off.

Now there is this report from Mary Schmitt Boyer at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Cavaliers are interested in rehiring former coach Mike Brown to replace Byron Scott, a longtime NBA insider told The Plain Dealer today, and may move quickly for fear that other NBA teams will court Brown.

I do not know who the source was for this report, but from where I sit it sounds like an agent or someone close to Brown trying to create demand. That or people from outside the organization hoping they hire Brown.

There really is no reason to rush this process and decision. Yes, there is some draft prep to do but that’s more a GM thing than something you have to have the coach in the room for. There is no reason to rush this.

Also, he doesn’t get to make the decision but if Kyrie Irving is your franchise player you keep him in the loop on the decision-making. You want to keep your star happy and put a team around him so he doesn’t look to bolt someday.

  1. henryd3rd - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Kyrie Irving should to be consulted prior to Mike Brown’s hiring? WTF!!!!! Why the hell would Mike Brown want to jump into that mess? If I were Brown I’d keep taking my money from the Lakers and enjoying life.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      if they get M.Brown the King will be next.

  2. musician0785 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Do the Lakers still have to pay him if he takes the cavs job? If not it could pave the way for the return of Phil

    • musician0785 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Why all the thumbs down? The Laker hate is real out here….smh

      • byrdstheword82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        You must not read any of the post about Phil Jackson. HE IS NOT TRYING TO COACH THE LAKERS AGAIN! He’s trying to take on a Pat Riley roll in the Laker front office.

      • musician0785 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:58 AM

        yea i have read the articles….which mentions that he’d probably have to coach said team at some point (Just like Riles did) it was a legitimate question…..maybe YOU should read the posts again….Smart guy

  3. danfrommv - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Mike Brown probably wants to stay in So Cal (OC) to watch his kid play BB at Mater Dei. He gets his Laker contract money regardless of whether he coaches again this year.

    Mike Brown is overrated and his practices and film sessions run so long that players tune him out.
    Without LeBron, he wouldn’t have won 1/2 his games in Cleveland

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Mike Brown’s son is a senior at MD and has signed to play at Butler next year.

  4. emosnar - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    This article is good as any of an example of how biased writers indirectly slander individuals and trip up success and/or opportunities before they transpire just to turn some heads to read.

    How in the first paragraph you call Mike Brown a solid coach and open the title of your article with “Why exactly?” Its not like Mike B has not beed successful since he started coaching. And, why does Kyrie Irving need to be coddled and informed? Lets get away from that line of thinking, that along with dumb owners and inefficient GMs are what’s ruining teams. Also, it would be a good thing to have a coach in place prior to the draft AND to have that coach in the draft room during decision making after all its that coaches philosophy that will determine the required skills needed when selecting players.

    funny, i saw an article mentioning Larry Brown wanted to get back into coachin in the NBA. Kurt, I have a article title for you for that one:

    “Larry Brown seeks coaching job in the NBA. . WTF, AGAIN, HOW OLD?, . . damn why?”
    by Kurt Helin

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      The “why exactly” is not about his coaching credentials but about the “rush to sign him before other teams get him” mentality. Brown simply is not in that kind of demand.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Larry Brown is a crazy old man, he ruined the Knickerbockers, it
      took them ten years to recover. I think he should be taken out back and shot.

  5. whodatnhollywood - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’m sick of these “consult with the star player before hiring a coach” moves! What other business has to check with their employees before making a decision?

    The Cavs shouldn’t have to keep Kyrie Irving in the loop. He doesn’t sign the checks. And, he hasn’t won a thing in the league yet to even come close to being invited to the table for that decision. If he wants to bounce as a free agent and leave $15-$20 million on the table, then go for it! Time out for that noise. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

    • miamatt - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      You are exactly right. While it is one thing to take the pulse of your star players, making moves to appease them is not what strong franchises do, except in a few specific situations.

      Bringing in the right coach- even if Irving doesn’t agree AT FIRST- is paramount. With all due respect to a great young talent, what does some 21 year-old kid know about what it takes to win a championship in this league?

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Problem with your theory is most successful NBA teams have at least 1 star which attracts other stars and fans. Fans pay the salaries of these players and owners. So if you need fans, you need a star player. If you have, and want to keep a star player, you ask their opinion or at least make like you care. Most small companies (which is what a sports franchise would be considered) do consult their employees. I was just hired for a small company and one of my current co-workers was part of the interview process. It’s smart business. Now if it was a major company….different story.

  6. 13arod - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    the pistions might try to get him and no the lakers don’t have to pay his contract if he signs with a team

    • kinggw - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Why don’t they?

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      The Lakers would still be responsible to pay Mike Brown regardless if he signs with another team or not since they fired him.

      • realfootballfan - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

        Without knowing the contract specifics, no one can say definitively but in most cases, the Lakers will owe difference between whatever the difference between $4 million and a salary less than that is until the contract runs its course.

  7. stadix093 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    There are 29 other teams hoping they sign him so they have a chance to get Kyrie once he is a free agent. No way that kid would stick with that dumpster fire.

  8. canuckinamerica - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Absolutely agree with whodatnhollywood (well, except for his monicker here). If you “consult” with your “star player” you are telling him he can have an input on all team decisions. They get a larger self worth of themselves and start to think they should actually run the business. If you are not happy “just” making $10M a year or so to dribble a ball with a guaranteed contract that sets you up for life, then go get a job at Costco.

  9. chicagofan - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    For once you are correct. Mike Brown seems like a hell of nice guy, but he sucks as coach.

    • badintent - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Mike Brown helped Delonte West hook up with LBJ’s mama. He gets the NBA Pimp of the Year award. HIre the guy.

  10. bigtrav425 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    This better NOT f/n happen!!!!

  11. abchome - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Good Luck to the Cavaliers (not for signing Brown but Brown winning)!

  12. cornbreadbbqred - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Yes! And we get Byron Scott at a 4 mil. discount to smooth over the D’Antoni misadventure! Heck, shoot the moon! Phil Jackson and Byron Scott on the Lakers’ sideline as the understudy Phil initially requested. Has a “ring” to it. Good luck Cleveland. They could sign Jesus himself as coach and still not see a championship the first half of this century! What a loser owner. Uh,oh, but just maybe he could slip David Stern that same kind of envelope that Miami’s owner did to veto the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers someday. If that kind of situation arose, that would be Gilbert’s only chance. He deserves a Mike Brown who will “Yes, Man” him to death until Kingdom come.

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