He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Balance&Options24 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:23 pm



Sources: Mike Brown back to Cavs?


Updated: April 18, 2013, 5:51 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com
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Cavs Fire Byron Scott

Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the Cavaliers' firing of Byron Scott.Tags: Cavs Coach, Byron Scott Fired, Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, First Take

While the Cleveland Cavaliers said goodbye to Byron Scott on Thursday, they could be welcoming back former coach Mike Brown.



With Scott out, there is mutual interest between Brown and the Cavaliers for a possible reunion, according to multiple league sources.



Much of it may depend on Brown, who has told those close to him that he is not sure he's ready to return to coaching after being let go by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season. Brown, who has two years and more than $8 million left on his deal with the Lakers, has said he may take time off to be with his family.



The Cavs are expected to contact several possible candidates in the next few days.







Not Great Scott

Byron Scott went 64-166 in three seasons at the helm in Cleveland, which is the same time frame the Cavs have been without LeBron James. James and the Heat eclipsed that win total in this season alone.


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Cavaliers 2010-13 230 64
Heat 2012-13 82 66

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Despite Brown being fired by owner Dan Gilbert after back-to-back 60-win seasons (2008-2010), sources told ESPN.com there were no grudges held by either side that would prevent a dialogue about a fresh start.



Cavs general manager Chris Grant declined to address a direct question about Brown's candidacy during a news conference Thursday. Grant worked alongside Brown as assistant general manager from 2005 to 2010, and the two maintained a good relationship.



"We have not started that process," Grant said. "We're looking for someone with proven success, looking for someone who has a strong defensive system, someone who is a teacher, grinder and a worker."



Brown, who reached the second round of the playoffs in each of his six full seasons as coach in Cleveland and Los Angeles, is known as one of the best defensive coaches in the league.



It is an open secret that Brown and his family are planning a move from the L.A. area back to Cleveland this summer. Brown's son, Elijah, signed a national letter of intent this week to play for Brad Stevens at Butler, and Brown wanted to be closer to see him play.



Historically, Gilbert has chased big names when looking for coaches. In 2005, when he hired Brown, he first interviewed Phil Jackson. In 2010, Gilbert offered the job to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo before hiring Scott.



Despite three consecutive losing seasons, the Cavs' coaching job is more attractive now than it was three years ago, after Brown was fired and LeBron James left in free agency. The roster is now stocked with young players, upcoming draft picks and tradable assets.



The Cavs could have between $15 million to $20 million in salary-cap space this summer, in addition to two draft picks in the top 20. They have a 15.6 percent chance of winning the lottery next month.



Scott was dismissed Thursday morning after the Cavaliers lost 16 of their final 18 games to finish at 24-58, the third-worst record in the NBA. The team blew several large leads in some games, including a 27-point home lead against the Miami Heat in the final weeks of the season.



"I wish Byron Scott and his entire family the best going forward," Gilbert said. "Byron is a class guy, both on and off the court, and I thank him for his three years of coaching the Cavaliers. I fully support the difficult move that was made today. Although we saw progress with young individual player development, we did not see the kind of progress we expected on the team level this past season.



"We understand it was challenging with the injuries, but when you are at our stage in the building process, you don't only measure team progress in wins and losses."



Scott's three-season tenure was marred by poor team defense and injuries to key players as the Cavs started a long-term rebuilding project in the wake of James' 2010 departure. The Cavs ranked 26th in defensive efficiency in each of the past two seasons, and was 29th in Scott's first season, in 2010-11.




During training camp, the Cavs picked up the option of Scott's contract for next season, which was valued at more than $4 million. He had a record of 64-166; his overall record as a coach is 416-521 with the Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cavs.



"I have tremendous respect for Byron professionally and a great deal of admiration for him personally," Grant said. "At the same time, it is critical for where we are as a team to ensure that we capitalize on every opportunity for development and success, and we have fallen short of that on the court. I believe we needed to make this change in order to get to a better position to achieve our goals."
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby pound4pound1 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:40 pm

and when Kyrie leaves, they'll blame him and fire him again
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Tobias Funke on Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:34 pm

I never followed that team much when he was in Cleveland, but it didn't seem to me like Gilbert and co. were really that unhappy with Brown as their coach. I think Lebron had grown tired of him and they let him go because Lebron became a free agent.

Good for them if it happens though.
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby 432J on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:39 pm

i hope this happens so the lakers don't have to pay him anymore for sitting on his dumba** at home
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby gill on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:44 pm

^Yeah is that the rule for that? Do the Lakers have to keep paying him if he gets hired by the Cavs? If not... then we can always get someone else to take his spot next season while he chomps on a can of Pringles. :man12:
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby therealdeal on Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:26 am

We still have to pay him. He's contracted to be our coach for another 2 years and unless we come to some sort of arbitration, he's going to get all of that money.
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby JSM on Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:43 am

Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: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.

The Cavs fired Scott on Thursday, after three seasons and a 64-166 record.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, Cavs general manager Chris Grant said the search for a new coach would begin today, and he declined to answer whether Brown would be a candidate. The question is a valid one because Grant and Brown are close friends, and Grant said on Thursday the team wanted to improve defensively.

Brown is a defensive specialist who was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011 and fired just five games into this season.

Brown, the 2009 NBA coach of the year who is the winningest coach by percentage in Cavs history with a 272-138 record, told The Plain Dealer on Thursday night that he had not been contacted by the Cavs but would listen if they called.

"If anybody calls, you have to listen," Brown said in a telephone interview. "I'm not rushing to get back to [coaching]. Whether it's the Cavs situation or anybody else, it has to feel right for both sides.

"If they call, I wouldn't hang up the phone. I'd definitely listen to what anybody has to say. But then you have to decide if it's the right situation for myself, my family and the organization."
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Weezy on Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:42 am

I could see why he wouldn't want to rush back to coaching in Cleveland considering he's living in a 3 million dollar Anaheim Hills mansion and getting paid millions to not coach the Lakers.

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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby khmrP on Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:26 pm

^^^^He's waiting for the Clipper job to open up :man10:
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Lqv2015 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:32 pm

Yeah, lets reunite Mike & LeBron with the Cavs next year. :man10:
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:38 pm

PLEASE HIRE HIM. I hope in 2-3 yrs Kyrie holds that franchise hostage for having a crappy team and asks to get traded to the Lakers
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:02 pm

LOL

https://twitter.com/JasonLloydABJ/status/326771701486600192
Mike Brown has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Byron Scott as #Cavs coach. Deal expected to be announced tomorrow
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby lakersyunowin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:07 pm

well that's an interesting move. he was a little vindicated by the lakers continuing to suck after he left though i guess.
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby LTLakerFan on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:11 pm

I would have thought the Lakers experience killed his head coach chances for teams with stars or super stars and lack of being good with offense and his horrible rotations and seat of the pants rotations. 2 strikes already. I guess they really don't expect LBJ back when he's a free agent. :man10: Deep down inside in spite of his PC supportive remarks for Potato through his troubles, I doubt he ever wants to play for the man again.
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:11 pm

Hes gotta be an excellent salesman lol how the heck does he get hired back in the middle of the playoffs yet again? And this time by the guy who fired him
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Postby LTLakerFan on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:16 pm

The Rock wrote:Hes gotta be an excellent salesman lol how the heck does he get hired back in the middle of the playoffs yet again? And this time by the guy who fired him


OMG....I bet he has the directors cut extended DVD collection he is now dazzling owners with. Gotta hand it to Mike.... :man10: :man10:
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Forward Three on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:32 pm

Can we have Phil back while the Basketball gods are at it?
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Postby Chillbongo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:35 pm

The Rock wrote:Hes gotta be an excellent salesman lol how the heck does he get hired back in the middle of the playoffs yet again? And this time by the guy who fired him

They fired him in hopes of retaining LeBron. He coached there for 5 years. If anyone knows his ability, it's Dan Gilbert. Actually, if anything, this validates his coaching ability.

Remember, we were 3rd in the west without Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, had no bench, and a broken Kobe and shell of Pau? He's a decent coach, just not right for us.

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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:36 pm

https://twitter.com/KBergCBS/status/326781374101078016

One aspect of talks between Mike Brown and Cavs is offset with Lakers, who owed him $11 million when they fired him, source says.
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Postby TIME on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:42 pm

Chillbongo wrote:He coached there for 5 years. If anyone knows his ability, it's Dan Gilbert. Actually, if anything, this validates his coaching ability.


Sorry, Chill, but this made me :man10:

Since when is Dan Gilbert anything close to a good evaluator of coaching ability?
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:45 pm

5 year contract??? what the? how?
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:47 pm

How the heck is he in such a high demand?? are these NBA people blind?

https://twitter.com/PDcavsinsider/status/326462363425460225
ESPN's Marc Stein reporting Phoenix Suns reached out to Mike Brown (twice) but Brown passed to focus on other situations, including #Cavs


https://twitter.com/WindhorstESPN/status/326783292361801730

Mike Brown had other offers but major factor in decision came down to his family wanting to live in Cleveland.
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Potato Head gets 5 years $20 mil. Dan Gilbert you are a fool
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby snakepit on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:52 pm

those DVDs must really be something special...
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Re: He's back? Mike Brown to the Cavs?

Postby Chillbongo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:57 pm

TIME wrote:
Chillbongo wrote:He coached there for 5 years. If anyone knows his ability, it's Dan Gilbert. Actually, if anything, this validates his coaching ability.


Sorry, Chill, but this made me :man10:

Since when is Dan Gilbert anything close to a good evaluator of coaching ability?

Point taken...drafting LeBron?

Look we nail everyone 3x as hard in LA. That's why we have fans chanting "we want Phil"...I'm not saying he's a good coach. Definitely not. Just saying that he's not as bad as SOME make it out to seem.

DG might not be a great evaluator of coaching ability, maybe he let Danny Ferry make all the decision. The Cavs as an organization made the decision to bring him back, that has to say something.

edit: 5 YEARS? WTF :man4:
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