Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 11:30 am  |  42 responses

Mike Brown Under Fire in Cleveland


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Things in Cleveland are admittedly terrible. Owner Dan Gilbert challenged the organization to make the Playoffs this season, but the Cavaliers have only managed a 16-32 record (and are losers of five in a row.)

Head coach Mike Brown has been around the NBA block a few times, and faced enormous pressures in both Cleveland and Los Angeles, but he admits that nothing compares to the challenges of this losing season.

Per the News-Herald:

“No, I don’t feel anyone is getting comfortable with (losing),” he said. “Our locker room after the game is not a happy or relaxed one.

“I’ve been in tough situations before. Anyone can sense, even talking about junior high or high school, that feeling. It still matters to the guys.”

“This is a big challenge for me and for the team, just because of the dynamics and the age of the team, the expectations placed on the team and what we expect from ourselves,” Brown said. “It’s something that’s challenging for me. It’s something I haven’t been through before.”

In addition to the team’s poor play, there’s mounting tension inside the locker room, and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving’s future is cloudy at best.

Angry Cavs fans and some in the media are calling for Mike Brown’s job, but as always, he’s trying to put a positive spin on things. The embattled coach says he will continue to work to prove his critics wrong.

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  • robb

    This is all Lebron’s fault. He made people believe Mike Brown was a good coach.

  • Feez_22

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    His Coach of the Year award from 2009 belongs on Lebron’s career achievement list.

  • melvo

    The last three Cavs coaches have been Mike Brown, Byron Scott, and Mike Brown! Just get a smarter coach that actually runs plays and knows what they’re doing

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Mike Brown and Mike Woodson both under Fire. And you could make a case about Mike D’Antoni.. Not a good time to be Coach Mike.

  • ATL dynamite

    I thought the title said ‘Mike Brown is fired by Cleveland’. The eyes see what they want to see.

  • Dfrance


  • Dfrance

    And then Kobe made sure people knew that wasn’t really the case! lol

  • JJ Jones

    Its amazing that potato head still has a coaching job.

  • JJ Jones

    NEVER hire a coach named mike

  • robb

    no doubt

  • robb

    I’d Mike Krzyzewski

  • robb

    I’d hire*

  • kc

    So true! I remember mike brown repeatedly saying that he was a Lebron James fan in press confences and interviews. Never a good look when your head coach is a fan of your star player. Lebron should also be credited with him miraculously getting the lakers job.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i swear i read the same thing

  • Anthony

    And y’all really expect LBJ to come back “home” to this?

  • spit hot fiyah

    don’t be like a baby

  • Fat Lever

    Is this the first time the words “offense”(the other context), “Mike Brown”, and “shots” would actually make sense in a sentence?

  • GP

    My list of coaches who I will never understand why organizations keep giving chances to, despite repeated failures and a clear inability to actually lead players include:

    - Mike Brown
    - Mike Woodson
    - Mike D’Antoni

    Basically, if your team employs a coach who’s name is “Mike”, you won’t win.

  • JJ Jones

    Hes the exception

  • bike

    Maybe Bynum knew what he was doing……? Nah…

  • Jay Brodes

    how is mike dantoni not on the chopping block yet..i want him out of la..hell or high water!!

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, Mike Brown doesn’t have the talent to be competitive in Cleveland. Brown’s mistake was in his inability to manage expectations.

  • JJ Jones

    Worst hire in lakers history when u consider he was chosen over phil jackson

  • JJ Jones

    Notice how bynum’s. ” maturity problems ” pop up when hes around mike brown but not around respectable coaches?

  • JJ Jones

    HELL NAW !!

  • AndyK415

    Good point.

  • Crash McFukit

    Black dudes can’t coach. Face it.

  • LakeShow

    Why would he be?

  • LakeShow

    They all would be great assistant coaches.

  • Laura Toby

    The eyes see what they want to see.

  • maybe

    Don’t forget Van Gundy

  • grgeblck


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  • bringbackthesonics

    racist prick.

  • shockexchange

    Not true. Bynum was called immature in Philly as well. Bynum plays better when he is not expected to carry a team but is more of an ancillary player. However, he wants to be paid like a superstar.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    LOL… you coach can’t be a fan of your best player? cmon

  • Doug

    Mike Brown is garbage coach and a phony/obnoxious human being. I can’t believe he allowed to stay with the Cavs as long as he did, I can’t believe the Lakers picked him up, I CAN believe he was fired so quickly from the Lakers, I can’t believe the Cavs rehired him and I can’t believe they have kept him this long. Cavs have some issues other than Mike Brown, but if they fired him and replaced him with either George Karl or Lionel Hollins they would notice an immediate improvement.

  • DreDay81

    Doc Rivers

  • Myung

    As a diehard Hawks fan who suffered through the Woodson era, I’m with you…….EXCEPT I think we’ve got a keeper now: Mike Budeznholzer.

    A Mike who can coach.

  • Myung

    (This is long so only read this is you have an extra 2 minutes)

    I think Mike Brown is a pretty bad coach, but really, there’s a lot of blame to go around.

    The Lakers beat the Cavs, in Cleveland, with just 4 players? What in the name of Phil Jackson is going on?

    The Cavs have one of the brightest young stars in the NBA in Kyrie Irving. They had the #1 pick in this past year’s draft, Anthony Bennett. They recently traded for 2 time All Star Luol Deng. And they were the home team.

    The Lakers were on a 7 game losing streak. Their starters for the game were James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Shaq, Kareem, and Jerry West.

    Oh wait. That’s not right. Let me check again.

    They started Kobe, Eddie Jones, Pau Gasol, Elgin Baylor, and Michael Cooper?

    That’s not right either?

    You’re telling me the starters were Ryan Kelly, Wes Johnson, Robert Sacre, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar? And that team won?

    I’m fairly certain that’s the worst starting unit to start an NBA game this season. Not a single one of those guys would start for Miami or Indiana.

    And they still beat Cleveland by 9 points. In the battle of the bad coaches named Mike, D’Antoni beat Brown.

    I’m usually not one for hyperbole, but that has to be one of the top 10 worst regular season losses in the history of the entire NBA, right: to be the home team, hosting a team on a 7 game losing streak with a bunch of D League level players getting massive playing time?

    Good job, Cavs.

    What on earth is wrong with Cleveland?

    1. Dan Gilbert? Check.
    2. Mike Brown? Check.

    What about Chris Grant. Since arriving in Cleveland in 2010, what has he done well for the team, other than take Kyrie, which was a no brainer pick, in 2011? Shouldn’t this guy get a lion’s share of the blame?

    And then then there’s Kyrie. A lot of people are making him out to be the victim. They’re saying “Why would Kyrie want to stay in Cleveland?”

    I get that, but is he not part of the problem right now?

    Look, I still think he’s gifted. He’s got amazing ball handling skills and can score on anyone. But is he a LEADER? Does he make his teammates better? I’m starting to have my doubts.

    You can point to the fact that he’s about to start the All Star Game. You can say he’s scoring more points than he did his first two seasons. I’m not making the case that he’s a bad player, per se.

    But I AM saying I think he’s overrated. In fact, I think he’s vastly overrated.

    If you dig deeper, do you guys see what I see? Look up his stats for the past three seasons.

    I see a guy who arguably put up better numbers his rookie year than right now, in his third season. He has better teammates than he’s ever had before. His team had the #1 overall pick in 2 of the last 3 drafts.

    Yet the Cavs are 16-33, just 1.5 games ahead of the awful 76ers, in the awful Eastern Conference. In this year’s East, if you roll out a half decent lineup, you’re an 8 seed. If you roll out a half decent lineup with a good coach, you’re a #4 seed (like my beloved Hawks, who can’t tank because everyone else below them wants to stay there, apparently).

    Yet Kyrie has led the Cavs to a fantastic 16-33 record. He’s lost you 2 games for every game he’s won.

    In his first year, the Cavs were 21-45.

    In his second season, they “improved” to 24-58.

    And right now, they’re on pace to win about 26 or 27 games this season.

    Baby steps? I guess.

    He’s also injury prone. We saw this at Duke. In his first NBA season, he missed 31 games. Last year, he missed 23. He’s no Andrew Bynum, but the kid has missed a ton of games, 3 of the past 3 years. So far this season, he’s only missed 3 games so at least he’s finally showing he can stay healthy.

    But what’s it say about your abilities as a point guard when you’ve played in almost every game, and your team is just 16-33?

    What’s it say about your game when your FG%, 3 point FG%, and FT% are all down from your rookie season?

    Kyrie Irving is approaching “most overrated player in the NBA” status. While that might sound harsh, name me even 3 guys who come close.

    In terms of hype and praise (again, he’s your starting Eastern Conference point guard in next week’s All Star Game), compared to team record and on court production, he’s in that top 3.

    And in my opinion, he’s #1. I believe he is currently the most overrated player in the entire League. Sorry if that hurts your feelings, Kyrie fans.