Say what? Frank Isola plants the idea that Pat Riley could possibly be the answer to keeping LeBron in Cleveland. He entertains the idea that Dan Gilbert could possibly replace the 2008-09 NBA coach of the year with one that went out as a 15 win head coach.
How does Brown’s job status impact the Knicks? If Cavs owner Dan Gilbert were to decide to make a big, bold coaching move, that would certainly enhance the club’s chances of re-signing LeBron James.
And this is where things could get interesting. Gilbert’s first call could be to Pat Riley, who knows a thing or two about coaching superstars and winning championships. He also won just 15 games in his final season with the Miami Heat.
Knicks fans are obviously watching every move out of Cleveland. They are desperate to make MSG LeBron’s new crib, but keeping Mike Brown will not guarantee his arrival in NYC. Actually I think it could be the other way around. Don’t get me wrong I think Riley is a great coach, possible legendary coach. However, I am not sure it makes sense for the Cavs to bring in Riley. Bringing in a new head coach could actually influence LeBron to leave because potential disagreements with the coaches style or direction.
Obviously, Mike Brown got out-coached by a Riley disciple. Brown also couldn’t shoot for Mo Williams, play defense for Big Ben, or guard the three. I agree he wasn’t the great coach in the Eastern Conference finals as he was in the regular season. Remember, he did manage to coach a team that won 66 games and an 8-0 start to the playoffs. Brown should be judged on his playoff record and so far he hasn’t won on the level where it really counts. He is still improving as a head coach and will continue to grow. The Cavs are more focused on bringing in talent rather than the coaching and I believe that is what LeBron is more concerned about too.