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LeBron says nice things about Mike Brown hiring in Cleveland

Apr 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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What did you expect him to say?

When LeBron James was asked about his reaction to his former coach going back to his former team — Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers — you knew LeBron was media savvy enough to say something supportive of the hire. So he did to the Associated Press.

“I’m happy for him,” said Miami’s LeBron James… “Very happy for him. I think he’s a really good coach, very defensive-minded coach. It’ll be good for those young guys that they have.”

The first question on a lot of people’s minds (based on twitter responses) was “How does this impact Cleveland’s ability to land LeBron James in 2014?”

I don’t think it does — because I don’t think he leaves Miami in 2014.

Not for Los Angeles, not for Cleveland, not for anywhere. He’ll opt out and re-sign in Miami (he may leave after the next deal, but not now). Why? Because the Heat look on the path to winning their second consecutive title this year and they will certainly be contenders next year as well. He trusts Pat Riley, he trusts Erik Spoelstra and he likes the winning culture there. He knows at this point his legacy is about winning rings and he’s doing that right where he is. Also, he took a lot of “you’re just chasing the rings” flack when he left Cleveland before and he’d get more if he jumped now. Bottom line to me is he has matured a lot the last few years and has a loyalty to where he won, he has a great relationship with Wade, he likes Miami, and they are going to keep winning. You don’t leave that.

If you don’t like my logic, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com tweeted this.

Or, look at what Adrian Wojnarowski wrote at Yahoo Sports:

From the moment Mike Brown marches back into the Cleveland Cavaliers, ownership needs to empower him to tell everyone the truth: LeBron James is gone and he’s never returning to the franchise.

Any way you want to slice it, the success of the Cavaliers is about Kyrie Irving’s future and Mike Brown’s defense. It’s not about LeBron.

But LeBron says he likes the hire.

  1. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Over under Cavs fire mike brown in 3 years

    • spthegr8 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Why would he say something bad about him. All he EVER said too LeBron is yes sir!!!

  2. skids003 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Oh, how wonderful. LeEgo approves.

    • jt1138 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Hey, if you don’t like it, don’t click on LeBron articles.

      But we all know you will keep clicking on them. Despite all your hate for him, people like you LOVE to see him in the news. When you see a LeBron article, you all click on it and just spew nonsensical hate. Why? Because you think it’s still cool to hate LeBron.

      If anyone has an ego, it’s you.

  3. rodge1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Oh, how wonderful. skidmarkss003 disapproves.

  4. tkly18 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Cavs look stupid for not trading Varejao earlier in the season when he’s hot. Tristan Thompson probably going to be a bust. Dion is nice but Kyrie is probably leaving in 2014-15 anyways. Would not be surprised if he goes to the Lakers or New York to play with good players/be in a better city. That guy deserves a better team.

    • bougin89 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      The Cavs have complete control over Kyrie Irving(contractually) through the 2015/2016 season. If he wanted to leave after that season he would have to play for the qualifying offer of just under $9.7 million for that season. He would leave tons of money on the table in order to do that.

      That’s not going to happen.

    • jeremyhurst - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      If you think Tristan Thompson is a bust, you clearly have never watched basketball. He averages a double double and it’s only his second year.

      You sir, are a moron.

  5. tkly18 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Cavs look stupid for not trading Varejao earlier in the season when he was hot. Tristan Thompson probably going to be a bust. Dion is nice but Kyrie is probably leaving in 2014-15 anyways. Would not be surprised if he goes to the Lakers or New York to play with good players/be in a better city. That guy deserves a better team.

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    It’s the least he can do considering he got him fired in the first place.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      LeBron didn’t say a negative word about Mike Brown. Danny Ferry mismanaged the hell out of that team. They overpaid a bunch of mediocre players, traded for guys on the tail end of their careers, and drafted terribly. Firing Mike Brown was a desperate attempt to impress LeBron James but had nothing to do with LeBron’s wishes.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Know that a lot of what Ferry did in Cleveland was at the urging of ownership who wanted quick fixes.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Come on man! LeBron, Wade & Bosh had planned for years to team up together. That’s why none of them played hard the last year of their deals. He tuned out Brown & caused him to get fired. Wake up!

  7. edgewaterjoe - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    No, let’s not look at what WojiClevelandHater says …

  8. franchiseplaya - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    i think we can all agree that wade is on the decline so lebron will eventually need a new running mate. It will never happen but id like to see what lebron and kyrie could do together

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Dwade is still a top 10 player and a half of famer. Plenty of good years left

  9. gofish721 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Of course Dwade’s b!tch approves. It only mean the Cavs will continue to be a non-factor to them.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      The Cavs could have Jesus as their coach and they would still be a non-contender.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        I think you’re lying.

  10. bigmeechy74 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t really know why you think miami will be good 2-3 years from now. They will draft last every year, Wade will be old, Bosh will be old…. Ray allen and battier will be retired. You think he has a better chance winning with a bunch of old guys in 2015 than if he teamed up with kyrie irving etc? Why? Irving and lebron would be a nightmare for other teams to deal with.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Big, Pat Riley and much better weather than what is in Cleveland is why Miami will remain a competitive NBA franchise for the foreseeable future

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Jimmy. I don’t see LeBron going through the negative reaction again if he leaves. He’s also is pretty much living in paradise & doesn’t have to deal with the brutal winters in Ohio. Let’s face it, Riley will always be able to get nice role players around him.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      yea meechy we can all dream.

      Going back to Cleveland would be like breaking up with your hot girlfreind to go back to the ugly one, cause you felt bad. Get used to seeing LeBron in a Heat jersey! Man that Cavs uniform just doesn’t look right on him..

  11. klownboy - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I think this is Dan “Danny Boy” Gilbert’s way of saying “we shouldn’t have fired Mike Brown in the first place”…
    http://wp.me/1gCK6

  12. mrfloydpink - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    And this site’s worship of LeBron continues unabated

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      your comment only adds to that. Thanks!

    • gofish721 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      The NBA has NOTHING going for it other than LBJ and the Heat. Other than the 20some game winning streak fervor and fawning over LBJ (who I admit is awesome), what else is there? Next biggest story was Lakers’ pathetic run for the playoffs. Yawn…

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Don’t let the door hit you in the head on the way out.

      • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        yeah, the Nuggets and Clippers streaks were boring so was the Knicks. Way too much EA NBA for ya.Maybe you can have McGee slam dunk 400 times in a row for some excitement. The NBA having 3 teams in one division win over 50 games, boring. right

  13. jimeejohnson - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    When LeBron plays, people watch.
    He’s the best basketball player in dee whole world.
    Deal with it.

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