Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 1:31 pm  |  38 responses

A Look at Mike Brown’s Job Security

Some say he could be looking for a job soon; the local media, though, says Brown has absolutely nothing to worry about: “Two Internet reports surfaced late Wednesday that suggested Cavaliers coach Mike Brown’s job is in danger after the Cavs’ loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. According to multiple team sources, those reports are false. The current NBA Coach of the Year of course will return for his fifth season with the team. Brown, who has a career record of 211-117 in the regular season and has won seven of 11 playoff series, has been the most successful coach in team history.”

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  • Ken

    I’d be surprised if they fire him. How many reigning COYs have been fired?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The name PAT RILEY has been mentioned as the possible replacement for Grimace.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Really, the guy is an assistant coach. At best. If Cleveland wants to win they need a better coach, one who knows the game well enough, and has enough confidence, to make adjustmensts and take risks. In the playoffs, where teams are so evenly matched and have to beat each other four times, being able to make adjustments and react to adjustments is crucial. The best word I can think of to describe his postseason performance would be “clueless”, I mean I almost felt bad for him at times. He was that bad.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring him back, but, IMO, it would be a huge mistake.

  • http://slamonline.com Blaze

    haha, grimace. I always thought he looked like Al Roaker.

  • niQ

    sam mitchell got fired pretty quick after he won it.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Eboy: I read that too. But I’m not sure if Pat Riley is the man for the job though….

  • neaorin

    @Ciolkstar: as a Cavs fan I absolutely see where you’re coming from, but really, Orlando was ahorrible mismatch for the Cavs. Other than sicking Darnell Jackson (a second-round rookie) at Dwight Howard, there simply wasn’t much else he could’ve done defensively. Better personnel in the front court would’ve allowed him to stop doubling Howard so much and keep the shooters in check, as witnessed by the Lakers defense in the first two games.

  • Rome

    You cant cook a steak if the person buying groceries is giving you spam…in other words, Ferry is the problem, although I do think MB is a asst coach at best…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Let me just say that a certain writer of ours, who has been being criticized elsewhere, told me to watch out for this…he also floated a different (but frankly, to me, believable) name: Larry Brown. Ahhhh, rumors…

  • http://slamonline.com B. Long

    Some teams become title contenders because of their coach. So teams do it despite their coach.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    If they don’t win next season, he’s done.

  • http://slamonline.com B. Long

    or “Some”.

  • TADOne

    Larry Brown or Pat Riley? What is this, 1994?

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    LB baby. I say bring in AI as your primary scorer and put Lebron in the defensive specialist / offensive 2nd player and we got a squad

  • http://slamonline.com Blaze

    wheres Rudy Tomjonavic?

  • http://slamonline.com Blaze

    PJ Carlismo needs work.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    neaorin is a terrible Cavaliers fan. There was a bajillion things the Cavaliers could have done, such as sticking Lebron on Turk during crunch time (Hedo must have gotten five or six foul callx every fourth quarter in the series… you think the NBA refs would have called those fouls if Lebron was guarding him?!?!) use Joe Smith more often on Rashard, force man-to-man offense on Lewis (and benched Varejao after those terrible double teams on the other side fo the court), hack-a-D-Ho more (shooting 60% from the line is still less points than 60% from the field), and countless other changes. And the thing you don’t do is KEEP THE SAME MATCHUPS THAT MADE YOU LOSE THE PREVIOUS GAME!
    Also, the fact that Mike Brown was watching his assist coaches draw up plays during crunch time looking clueless is… I mean, wow.
    I am still a believer that the Cavaliers were the better team, that Ferry pretty much put together a championship-level team for the Cavs. The inability to adapt and make swift changes is what cost the Cavaliers the series. Mike Brown really needs to go.
    Unfortunately, I don’t see a viable replacement if Riley doesn’t come out of retirement or they don’t steal a coach from somewhere else. Who is the best bet? The Cavaliers would slay Avery Johnson and his ‘no-fun’ style, and every other coach looking for employment sucks.
    I would choke Ferry if he hired Carlismo.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Are you kidding Mendel? At this ponit in their respective careers Mo Williams is not that much different than AI. And Bron is not gonna take the back seat in to anyone anytime soon.
    This team needs some scoring and versatility in their frontcourt. Z says he won’t opt out, so they should just let Varejao walk in order to sign (or draft) a more atheletic PF who can be a offensive threat.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    Mike B is a competent coach with very little imagination.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    COY don’t mean ish. Mike is an average NBA coach, at best. So was Mitchell, another COY. Riles would work, JVG is looking for work, Brown would work, even Fratello would work. There are options out there. Get Charlie V, stick him at the 4. Try to see what you can get on the market: J Kidd, Shaq, CB4, STAT, Turk, Odom, Ariza… things can be done. They don’t need a complete overhaul just one or two pieces. Charlie V would really fill a need.

  • neaorin

    @Jukai: LeBron WAS on Turk in crunch time starting with Game 3 (when there wasn’t much of a crunch time, but whatever). Of course the big problem was Dwight picking whoever was guarding Hedo and leaving Turk to drive against slow-ass Z. Z was THE biggest issue on defense all series, both on Howard and on the various pick and rolls. Dwight’s frame making it very hard to fight through picks without fouling only made the problem worse. Going small with Varejao meant Dwight could use his height and weight advantage to abuse him under the basket. Ben Wallace is done, his body isn’t helping him anymore and he should probably retire. And Joe Smith WAS on Rashard in the first two games and he did – to put it simply – awful. Hack-a-Dwight WAS tried at various points (most notably in Game 3 when he hit like 12 in row) and Dwight shot 70% for the series, which is way too high to make hack-a-anything worthwhile.

  • rainman10

    I like Charlie V for Cleveland. They would like a big that can spread the floor.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Damn, Z. I didn’t even think about Charlie V, but he could be a tremendous fit. Granted he’s pretty flakey and I’m sure GMs do not want to give him major $, but his ability to spread the floor and create space for Bron could be invaluable. Playing with Lebron on a committed defensive squad could even hgelp CV become a more consistent defender. Maybe I’m just talking myself into it, but I think the Cavs would be well served to pursue Charlie over Sheed.

  • neaorin

    And even though they lost this series because they couldn’t get stops, let’s talk offense… what, go at Lewis you say, like the Lakers are doing with Gasol and Odom? Wow, what a great idea, I wonder why Mike Brown didn’t tell Gasol and Odom to go at Rashard more… oh wait, that’s right. AV doesn’t have a post game, and Z’s “post game” looks like they’re streaming the video feed at 3fps. When Z was camping far away from the basket (that is, most of the time) the Magic put Rashard on him so Dwight could keep overloading on LeBron. Mo’s disappearing act also didn’t help (big understatement there). Wally got them nothing, actually, less than that. Gibson had one good game. Pavlovic WAS also tried in games 2 and 3 and had one okay half, one bad half and two horrible ones. I’m not sure he even knew the playoffs had started. Did I miss anyone?

  • neaorin

    And to wrap it up, about Mike Brown watching Kuester run the offense… they did this all year long, which is part of the reason I didn’t agree with COY for him. Kuester was the OC. And it worked great, until they failed to come through when it counted. Not that it mattered a whole lot though, any Cavs fan could’ve told you they had no chance of beating a good team if they allowed them to score in the 100s nearly every time.

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  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    People on this site have been gunning for Mike Brown’s neck for a while. Seems like people prefer form over substance. What mored does the guy have to do? He got the most out of what little talent he has. If the guy falls short of winning a championship he should be fired? Who else is held to this standard? This question is obviously rhetorical so please don’t respond.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    Were we watching the same game? Joe Smith never played one on one with Rashard, they kept the same stupid zone pretty much throughout games one and two. In the fourth, Lebron was pretty much on either Rashard or Rafer. Lebron was DEFINITELY 100% NOT ON TURK in game 3. Game 3 was pretty much decided by Prison Break West constantly putting Turk on the line.
    Old School Baller is damn dillusional: The cavaliers team is ridiculously talented. He didn’t get their talent at all.

  • neaorin

    *facepalm* Did you not see Z being abused in the post by Dwight one-on-one time and again, because he kept himself at an arm’s length of D12 every time he got the ball? Sure, let’s have everyone stay on their man and not help out at all. Even the Lakers are bringing out late doubles. And you’re right, LeBron wasn’t on Hedo until Game 4, my bad – but again, the main issue was Hedo vs Z when Dwight picked his defender.That was like 50% of the playbook, and Hedo made the right decision nearly every time. And the Magic made their shots.

  • neaorin

    And I don’t know about that “ridiculously talented” team. Yes, LeBron is ridiculously talented and I think he showed that. The Magic really had no answer for what he did, other than get in his face and hope he missed shots. Big Z was a talented player, but he’s been going downhill for a couple of seasons now. he gets his points off pick and pops and putbacks. Mo can shoot the J and drive for teardrops/layups, neither of which worked for him in that series (the latter also because of Dwight’s presence in the middle). Delonte was always a streaky shooter and a slasher who was also scared away by Dwight. Everyone else is a one-trick pony.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sesa-Opas/738856357 Sesa

    Keep Mike Brown BUT get a good assistant coach who can handle offense

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    That stat about Mike Brown being the “most successful coach in team history” should have a little asterisk beside it, with a notation that says “hey, dude had LEBRON on his team.”

  • Cizzo

    Get Lebron some help after that if Mike Brown can’t get the job done then hand him his walking papers. Until then leave him the hell alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com mat smith

    Do not rate him at all, stop spitting in that cup and changing your glasses, LeBron needs a veteran coach, Brown just talks about how AMAZING LBJ is all the time, like, yeah we get that, call a play…. and not LeBron for 45 minutes….

  • seven deuce

    Instead of firing him, why don’t they find a real talent to play with Lebron, unlike the roster full of flawed players that they currently have. A legit wing player with him would make a huge difference.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Larry Brown isnt going anywhere. The tarheel presence on the Bobcats is too great for him to leave, staying in the Alma Matter is enough reason to stay for Larry, having complete control over what players stay/go insures Larry will stay.

  • http://incrediblesoul.com D.Excel19

    What I saw was a coach that is afraid of his superstar player, a coach that took sub-standard players, one superstar and over achieved. Experience should of told him that playoff ball is very different and that squad was suspect. He should of pushed for more help. Any vet coach that thinks he has a chance of winning it all would of pushed for another star. Then again, we are not sure if LB is ready to play with another high caliber player. He might have that Iverson syndrome – refusing to share the spotlight.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    You guys are sleeping on the Cavs again. They’re still in the playoffs, you know. They just have a long 12-month layover until their next playoff opponent.