Mike Brown Reportedly Fired By Cleveland; Mike Woodson Let Go By Atlanta As Well

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Black Friday takes on a new meaning today as two of the most successful coaches in the NBA were both axed by the respective teams. Both Mike Brown and Mike Woodson had stellar regular seasons but once again the playoffs prove to be an entirely different animal as Atlanta and Cleveland underachieved in the NBA’s second season…despite losing to better teams. (Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has denied Brown’s firing) Brown was 272-138 (Coach of the Year last season) during his five years with the Cavs and Cleveland won 66 and 61 the last two seasons. Woodson was 206-286 in six years but improved steadily each season after winning just 13 games in 2004. The Hawks never moved past the Eastern Conference Semis and were swept by Orlando last week in embarrassing fashion. The 106 point difference is the most ever during a playoff sweep. Cleveland lost to 3 and possibly 4 Hall of Famers in what could spell LeBron’s last Cleveland go round, while Atlanta was defeated by a battle tested team defined by the most dominating big man force in Dwight Howard. Both coaches most likely won’t be out of jobs for too long. Expect Philly to take a good look at Woodson.