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Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Posted on: May 24, 2010 2:40 am
Edited on: June 5, 2010 2:16 pm
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The unraveling of the Cavaliers’ season came to its inevitable conclusion early Monday with a source confirming to CBSSports.com that coach Mike Brown has been fired.

Back-to-back 60-win seasons couldn’t save Brown from the backlash of another premature playoff ouster after the Cavs, with the best record in the league, were eliminated from the playoffs in six games by the Boston Celtics.

By firing Brown, the 2008-09 NBA coach of the year, by Sunday at midnight, the Cavs avoided his $4.5 million salary for next season becoming fully guaranteed. Since he was let go before the deadline, only half of Brown’s salary is guaranteed.

Brown, a strong defensive coach groomed in the successful Spurs organization, will immediately become a candidate for head coaching openings in New Orleans and Atlanta and perhaps elsewhere.

According to a second source familiar with the Cavs' strategy, Brown's ouster was the first -- and most important -- piece of the puzzle that had to be solved before Cleveland could proceed with its plan to persuade LeBron James to return to the Cavs once the free-agent negotiating period begins July 1. Recent reports have indicated that James recused himself from the decision on Brown, but decision makers in the organization were well aware that he was not pleased with the way the team failed to adjust to its opponent's style of play for the second straight postseason. Last season, it was Orlando foiling the Cavs' simplistic defensive rotations. This time, it was Boston shredding the Cavs' defense with Rajon Rondo's dribble penetration and mismatches on the interior, with Kevin Garnett exposing Antawn Jamison for the entire six-game series.

In a telling dose of doom for Brown after the Cavs' ouster in Game 6 of the conference semis, James was noncommittal about Brown and declined to come to his defense publicly when asked. Despite Brown's regular season success, it was only a matter of time before the playoff losses caught up to him. And in Cleveland, where an entire city is bracing for James' anticipated foray into unrestricted free agency, the regular season doesn't matter. Playoffs and championships do.

So with everyone from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to President Obama urging LeBron to weigh his chances of winning a title in another city, the process of sucking up to James begins anew. What coach would persuade him to stay? Or better yet, what coach and supporting cast would persuade him not to leave?

Despite the Cavs' best efforts to placate him with roster additions that have not worked -- Mo Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, Jamison -- there is a growing belief among those familiar with the situation that James is more open than ever to the possibility that he would be able to find a better supporting cast in Chicago. Several factors independent of the Cavs' playoff collapse have enhanced the Bulls' position. The possibility of playing with Derrick Rose, and the fact that the Bulls have left their coaching job vacant -- with James' buddy, John Calipari, lurking in the wings and with Phil Jackson's contractual situation with the Lakers still unresolved -- have conspired to make the Cavs' job of keeping him even harder.

Step one was firing Brown, whether LeBron was directly involved in the decision or not. The next set of dominoes will begin tumbling almost immediately, with Cleveland engaging in a coaching search and LeBron getting some clarity as to what he'd be returning to if he stayed in Cleveland.

Whether Brown deserved to be fired is hardly the issue. Given the expectations, and what was at stake for James' future, it's hard to argue with the decision. Under those circumstances, you can't bring a team with the best record in the league into the playoffs and lose as thoroughly as the Cavs did and expect to keep your job. All we know for sure, though, is that one shoe has dropped. The big ones -- the franchise-shaping ones -- are coming next.




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Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:35 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Yeah the president wants him there good one im sure he will go there for sure now but wiat the president lives in washington maybe he will go to the wizards so he can watch him more. Every person in every city wants him on their team big deal. he isnt going to play with Joke eem Noah



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:30 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

They won game 3 by 30 points moron how did they lose four staright. The great rapist lost 3 straighta nd 4 of 5 to the Pistons oh my god how could the black mama (rapist) let that happen oh my god Kobe let his team blow a 23 point lead at home the largest in fianls history oh my god the lakers and kobe had the single largest loss ever in teh finals to Boston when his team QUIT get ur facts staright before u post moron.



Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:27 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

They were up 2- 1, not 2- 0, but otherwise I completely agree.



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:27 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

They were not up 2-0 dumba***. Yeah Lebron really choked Lebron better than Kobe lebron back to back mvp wow smart comment saying LA's second best player is better then cleveland 6th man andrew bynum is a stiff hence why their winning percentage is almost 100 percentage points higher when he sits out Mo williams all star derek fisher 0 all stars. Gee 27 19 and 10 what  choke did kobe ever get 19 rebounds in 2 games in his life? You Lkaer morons say cleveland has no talent but then say Lebron chokes now ur just flat out stupid. If Lebron is so bad why is he the most sought after free agent IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS? Kobe was to be a free agent and I didnt hear anybody saying they wanted him. Nobody wants a selfish rapist Wherever LBJ ends up he will not only be the highest paid player in the game but will also pass up Tiger Woods as the richest athlete in sports, Kobe will NEVER see the endorsements LBJ already hads. Lamar Odom better then anyone on Cavs OMG LMAO even Amare says the guy sucks and got lucky one game.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:26 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

If LeBron wanted to play for Calipari so bad, why didn't he go to Memphis?...and anyway...I think him and Avery Johnson would be a better fit (LOL)...can you imagine the fun that would be for Cleveland? Oh well...LeBron will be in Chicago next year, he already changed his number to a non-retired Bulls number and the President wants him there...it would be a step backwards for the NBA if this didn't happen



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:19 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Utah and OKC more talent? wow this place just keeps getting better and better. Lebron doesnt understand team concept/ you are a moron he is too unselfish and needs to be more selfish he had by far the most assists ever for a forward and it already easily the best passing non guard EVER. he really laid down going for 27 19 and 10 in final game first you say he has no talent around him and then his fault for laying down , they have a coach who simply couldnt adjust quit being so jealous just like people were to Jordan in his early years tried to find every fault with him I beleive Michael was 28 yrs old when he got his first title Lebron is 25. Chicago is supposed to be so great they made the playoffs in the east on the last day of the season and were pounded in 5 games by according to you a team with no talent in 5 games with 3 of the 4 losses by double digits. I am sure Lebron cant wait to go practice and hang out with Joke em Noah everyday.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:07 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Lebron will be headed to the Bulls.

William Wesley aka World Wide Wes has been shopping around a package deal for James & Calipari.

The Bulls are buying and no player or coach can say no to Wes.

So James will be playing in Chicago with Rose and coached by Calipari next year.

Bank on it.

Calipari is one and done at Kentucky just like his recruits.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2010 10:47 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Good comment.  However - best talent is not Lakers but Celtics.  If I was picking a starting 5 from both teams rosters, Kobe would be the only Laker!

1) Kobe
2) Pierce
3) Rondo
4) Ray Allen
5) Garnett

Good luck with Phoenix.  See you in the FInals!




Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 9:41 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Amen. Cleveland Fans are the worst. I hope LeBron leaves that crap-hole city forever.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2010 9:32 am
 

Cavs fire Brown; next up, LeBron (UPDATE)

Probably the worst comment on here...Best talent??

Kobe = Better than Lebron
Bynum = Better than Shaq
Gasol = Better than Varejo
Fisher = Better than Mo Williams
Ron Artest = Better than Jamison
Lamar Odom = better than anyone on team except Lebron


And this same Cleveland team choked...not Mike Brown.  Those Lil Bizzos were UP 2-0 in the series.   LeBron is a choke artist.  Period.   Hilarious that people want to blame Mike Brown.  LeBron is immature and shows me what a baby he is.  No way Jordan, Kobe, or any other superstar would've let their teams lose 4 straight without even putting up a fight.  Especially, after they had a 2-0 series lead.   That is pathetic and ALL falls on LeBron.  If you are an MVP, no way in hell your team should EVER EVER EVER lose 4 straight, otherwise you are not an MVP.  An MVP can do more than score on layups...an MVP can be a leader.

 



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