Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  27 responses

Dan Gilbert Says He Made a Mistake Firing Mike Brown in 2010

After re-hiring the coach he kicked to the curb in an ill-fated attempt to convince LeBron James to stick around, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert admitted to the press that firing Mike Brown was an error in judgement. Now, there’s faint talk of the Cavs making the Playoffs again. Per the Akron Beacon Journal and News-Herald: “Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert admitted he never should have fired Mike Brown three years ago following consecutive 60-win seasons. ‘Yeah, it was a mistake,’ Gilbert said Wednesday at Brown’s reintroductory news conference. ‘When you get the benefit of hindsight, it was a mistake. We’re very happy that we get to rectify any position we took back then by Mike being available right now.’ What was supposed to be a 90-minute reacquaintance dinner meeting Sunday night between Brown, general manager Chris Grant and Cavs ownership lasted 6 1/2 hours. Three days later, Brown was introduced as the new coach. He was fired just three years ago after the Cavs were eliminated in the Eastern Conferrence semifinals. Six weeks after he was fired, LeBron James left as a free agent. [...] Success usually follows Brown, and it’s probably not a coincidence. Brown wouldn’t commit to the Cavs being a playoff team in 2013-14. ‘It’s too soon,’ he said. ‘Are we shooting for it? Yes, but there’s a lot of work to do.’ After the last three seasons when the Cavs were an NBA-worst 64-166, it’s refreshing to think about being in the postseason. ‘The last three years were painful and difficult,’ Gilbert said. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if we made the playoffs.’”

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  • star

    next thing it’ll be : i chose the wrong font in 2010

  • zogs19994


  • shockexchange

    His biggest mistake was not being loyal to Mike Brown and then crying because LeBron wasn’t loyal to him.

  • D_Nuggets

    The fact that Brown has such a great win percentage as a head coach is because he had LeBron in his early prime. He’s no Phil Jackson or Pat Riley who can turn a franchise around just by walking through the door. They need another star and then some good role players who can compliment Kyrie and this other star. Until that happens they won’t make the playoffs.

  • bike

    Always wondered if a big reason for LeBron leaving was Gilbert.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, if Gilbert would have kept LeBron we wouldn’t have to wait for the decision. he would have just put up some deuces and been gone

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    there is no evidence Phil Jackson can do that either.

  • TV63

    That argument “He was only good because he had Lebron” Blah blah is so assine.
    So what? That is all he had too! The rest of the roster sucked! Okay Spoelstra has Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Allen, Battier. Knicks have Chandler, Melo, Jr Smith, OKC has Durant, Westbrook, Ibake. So do you say the same mantra with your same logic previously stated? Oh those coaches are only good because of wait for it…. 3 SUPERSTARS per team. And for the most part that is right but these coaches are hardly derilicks on crack. Brown was much more challenged to take Cavs as far as he did with Lebron only. And guess what D Nuggets he did take CAvs to playoffs. Btw His record was 272-138 with 1 superstar. Wonder how the above coaches would do with just their 1 superstar? Just for fun since you qualify Brown as dirt like no names as Vaughn, Dunlap, Hunter in the league. In 2011 Lakers swept by Mavericks. 2012 Brown took Lakers to 2nd round of playoffs, they were Pacific Division champs and their shortened record was 41-25 due to strike. Under D’antoni the so much better one (sarcasm) . Lakers 2013 record 45-37, Didn’t win their Division and for the 1st time in history are down 0-2 in the playoffs. They had some injury bugs too. remember they got Sessions because Blake was out. If Brown could go as far as he did with Lebron; he should be able to with Kyrie and company. Kyrie has MORE of a team than Lebron ever did.

  • TV63

    He left because he didn’t get any caliber players to help him. He was sick and tired of being the lone wolf out there so he booked.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Going to be interesting to see if he can get Kyrie to put forth more effort on defense or if Kyrie gets tired of him and requests/threatens that he be fired or he’ll leave like LeBron did.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    The biggest reason why he won’t be going back is Gilbert.

  • Kadavour

    This Cavs team isn’t that far away. Remember Sideshow Bob has been hurt most of the year.

  • bike

    True, but LeBron was likely privy to many things going on behind closed doors with Cavs management. And Gilbert really emerged as a major douche when LeBron left.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    you lost your touch zogs

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    another mistake was keeping that kid with the glasses

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    dan gilbert his kid are garbage

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II


  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    This is all valid. But that one superstar was LeBron. Makes a WORLD of difference.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Max

    And he made a mistake writing that letter.

  • Ben Ireland

    I agree wholeheartedly… But did you really just call JR Smith, and Tyson Chandler, superstars?

  • Ugh

    What’s ‘assine’? Like a mule or something?

  • Ugh

    No, you made a mistake rehiring him, Dan.

  • http://twitter.com/StinkaMN Stinka

    dan gilbert embarrassed himself with this rant the night LeBron left. I felt like I was reading a letter from a jilted lover or something. I think it’s safe to say that no superstar free agent will ever play for that man again. and don’t be surprised if Kyrie bounces when his time comes up.

  • The Seed

    The letter from Dan was find, he was speaking for his customers, go research. Also Mike can coach and glad he got another shot.

  • 2morrow

    Dan Gilbert will Say He Made a Mistake reHiring Mike Brown in 2013

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Gilbert should pat himself on the back for choosing one of the worst offensive coaches in the NBA to create a game plan for Kyrie Irving next year. Looks like Dan never heard Santaya’s saying: “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    I wonder how he’d feel if another franchise player left due to, among other things, awful coaching by Mike Brown? We might just find out!