You knew it was coming and we initially posted it here.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mike Brown was relieved as head coach officially today.
He was fired because Dan Gilbert feels the Cavs has regressed this season after last year’s disappointing loss in six games to the Orlando Magic. The Cavs lost to the Celtics in the EC semis in 6 games after taking a 2-1 series lead.
Brown made the playoffs in each of his 5 seasons with Cleveland, won the most games in the NBA the past two seasons (66 and 61 games respectively) and was NBA Coach of the Year in 2009.
Was there dissension between Brown and LeBron James?
LeBron wanted to run…has said so publicly and campaigned for J. J. Hickson to get more burn during the Boston series. I guess we’ll never know how much LeBron’s free agent status came into play with this decision. Dan Gilbert knows he has to keep James in the fold so the franchise maintains it’s worth and it appears he’s doing everything he can as owner to make that happen.
The roster was flawed and I personally feel no coach was capable of defeating the rejuvenated Celtics with the Cavs roster. Shaq was injured late and not the same player. Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison just weren’t the answers. Period.
Question: How are Mike Brown and Mike Woodson relieved after steady and consistent progress but there doesn’t seem to be rumblings (as loud) about the status of other coaches who have no where near the success as Brown and Woodson?