Cleveland’s front office answered offseason question number one on Monday morning and announced that Mike Brown will be relieved of his coaching duties for the 2010-11 campaign – with or without LeBron James. He was hired as the 17th coach in franchise history on June 2, 2005 and compiled a record of 272-138 (.663) in his five seasons with the team. As well, Coach Brown notched a postseason record of 42-29 while leading his team to at least the second round in each of his five seasons.
However impressive those statistics may be, the Cavaliers have become one of the most dynamic franchises in the NBA – during the regular season. They have yet to bring the city of Cleveland its first title in better than 46 years and part of that failure (if you can call it that) falls in the lap of the head coach.
I am and have always been a big fan of Mike Brown. I don’t believe he is given enough credit for what he has done with LeBron James and the Cavaliers over the last five seasons but he does shoulder most (if not all) of the blame when things don’t work out the way they should. It was his inability to make proper adjustments over seven game sets that ultimately ended his stay in Ohio.
It certainly will not take long before Coach Brown has teams knocking on his door for his services but Brown has already told friends that he will wait for the right job to become available – even if that means taking the year off.
My best wishes go out to Coach Brown in his future endeavors in the NBA. He is a great coach, an excellent leader and an even better person. Unfortunately, great guys don’t always bring home championships.