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It’s official: Mike Brown signs on to coach Cavaliers

Apr 24, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

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You can go home again. If your home is Cleveland.

Mike Brown and his family had already decided to move out of Los Angeles and go back to Cleveland before the opportunity to coach the Cavaliers fell in his lap, but now he has a job to go back to. The Cavaliers made it official and announced Brown as their coach early Wednesday morning.

“I am more than excited about Mike Brown’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in a released statement. “Mike has done nothing but win in this league since he was a first-year assistant many years ago. He is going to instill a much-needed defensive-first philosophy in our young and talented team that is going to serve as our foundation and identity as we continue down the path of building the kind of franchise that competes at a championship level for many years to come.”

Gilbert was frustrated with the lack of defense the young Cavaliers played under Byron Scott (they finished 26th in the league in defensive efficiency) and that combined with the way he seemed to lose the team at the end of the season did him in.

Brown has a five-year, $20 million contract, although the last year of that reportedly can be bought out cheaply. Expect the Cavaliers to force him to hire an offensive-minded assistant coach to run that end of the court for the team, putting in something a little more innovative than what Brown falls back on.

One side question is how much this impacts the fate of Mike D’Antoni — the Lakers owed $8 million over the next two seasons to Brown but now likely owe little if anything to him (depends on the wording of the contract but the league does not allow coaches to double-dip in these instances, the Lakers likely just owe the difference between the deals). One of the reasons D’Antoni was considered safe is the Lakers didn’t want to fire him and be paying three coaches at once. But now with Brown basically off the books, the Lakers have less financial reason to hang on to D’Antoni. I do not think this means they fire him (unless Dwight Howard plays that card during contract negotiations, and he is already trying to shake a coach killer reputation so don’t bet on it) but I think D’Antoni’s leash just got a lot shorter.

  1. hwatt - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM


  2. bigmeechy74 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    So we’ve all heard the rumors of Lebron possibly going back to Cleveland…. and that should be the main thing the Cavs concern themselves with. So why the hell would they hire this guy? And Kurt, how the hell do you write this article and not even mention the lebron angle?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Because there is no LeBron angle outside the speculation of sports talk radio hosts. I cover it in detail in the post I did on LeBron commenting on the hiring. But nobody with any contacts near LeBron thinks this happens, and it defies all logic.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I should’ve seen in to the future and known you were gonna cover it in another post. My bad.

  3. bifford - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Ha! He’s there until Kyrie gets him fired.

  4. blantoncollier - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Still dont get this….Todays Presser should be interesting, the entire hire rests on the assistant coaches and the offensive system.

    Good news for the Cavs–tomorrow is the first day of the NFL Draft, this hire will fade into the background.

  5. spthegr8 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    “Insanity” – Doing the samething over and over again & expecting different results. They should put that on Dan’s tombstone when he passes!! This guy is THE WORST OWNER IN SPORTS!!! Lebron did do Cleveland wrong in the way he left but @ the end of the day. Can you blame him for wanting out???

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Jeffrey Loria has a pretty good handle on worst owner in sports.

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    He never should have been fired.

  7. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Good for MB. Personally, I think he’s a good coach and could’ve done better in Los Angeles than what Mike D is doing. And the guy is class personified. He could’ve criticized the LAKERS organization for hire he was fired but he took the high road instead.

  8. zacksdad - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Yeah, now the Lakers can fire Mike Beta 2. Maybe if Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, or some other coach changes their first name to Mike then Jimmie might like them. Besides first names I do not know what he looks for when hiring a coach.

  9. lgwelsh1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    He never should have been fired in the first place. Anyhow, it’s good to see him back where he belongs. They will make the playoffs next year.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Just get rid of Mike D. and bring back Phil. Jim Buss isn’t even THAT stupid when the fans end up revolting if D’umbtoni is back next year.

  11. bigtrav425 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    im so pissed at this move i wanna punch someone in the face! cannot believe Dan would be for this move at all! horrible move! Why would you rehire someone who has no clue how to make ingame and halftime adjustments?!?!…..

  12. William Huffman - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Reblogged this on William L Huffman and commented:
    Dan Gilbert may be trying to right one of his wrongs by admitting that he made mistake by firing Mike Brown but only time will tell if this was the right move.

  13. tonyz6060chevy - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Maybe Phoenix rehires Mike D’antoni and that solves another Laker problem and they’re able to grovel at Phil Jackson’s feet and hire him to coach the Lakers again !

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