Latest News, NBA / May 24, 2010 / 9:30 am

Breaking News: Cavs Fire Mike Brown

Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Who didn’t see this coming? After five season in Cleveland (with no NBA titles to show for it), Danny Ferry announced today that the Cavs have relieved Mike Brown of his duties as head coach. Makes sense, considering the Cavs had a midnight deadline Sunday night to fire him or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.

“I have truly enjoyed working with Mike Brown,” said Ferry. “Mike has played a huge role in turning around the Cavs organization. Over the past five years, Mike established a work ethic, defensive identity and culture of winning that was not here previously.”

In his five seasons with the Cavs, Brown compiled an impressive record of 272-138 (.663), but the record Cavs fans will remember during his tenure – especially if/when LeBron decides to leave this summer – is that he never won an NBA title.

“Mike Brown is a class act,” stated Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert. “On behalf of the entire Cavaliers organization, there is only gratitude and appreciation for Mike’s accomplishments over the past five years. I think it is clear that Mike Brown has been instrumental in contributing to the growth and progress we have experienced in recent years. We wish Mike and his family the best of luck in any future challenges that Mike chooses to accept going forward.

“After a long and deep analysis of all of the factors that led to the disappointing early ends to our playoff runs over the past two seasons, we concluded that it was time for the Cavaliers to move in a different direction,” Gilbert added. “The expectations of this organization are very high and, although change always carries an element of risk, there are times when that risk must be taken in an attempt to break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment. This is one of those times.”

What do you think? Who do the Cavs hire now? Where does Brown go?

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  • control

    Was he banging LeMom as well? Or was he fired because he was the only one not part of the train?

  • boomshakalaka

    a few years too late, but better late than never i guess.

    Now we sit back and see which team is dumb enough to give this fool a job.

  • Trey bing bay

    Yeah fingers crossed he doesn’t make it to the Hornets!!!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    I don’t understand what this is going to change even if Lebron returns. What was he supposed to do…..tell Mo Williams not to choke in big games, tell antawn not get beasted by K.G or to force Lebron to
    get in the gym and work on his mid-range pull up?

  • Roman

    @control- yeah what he said! Next is Delonte!

  • JRav

    He would be a good assistant coach; people forget he is a great defensive coach. Funny to see him in New York. His D and D’Antonio’s Offense.

  • jheck

    finally!!! MB is good coach but I think LBJ carries him through out that 5 seasons…he can never win that much if wasnt for LBJ..good bye MB…you can now join the G-Unit… next move for danny courting LBJ… =)

  • s.bucketz

    he was a turrible turrible turrible offensive coach…not telling his team to foul w/ over a min left and rondo “i shoot 60% from the ft line and dive and travel but am a top 3 pg in the L according to dime and other various dick riders in the media” got the ball in his hands…no instead have the team stand around on defense…and then don’t run a play on offense and let Verajao get a 3 as the last play in your nba coaching career…he was a terrible ass coach plain and simple

  • http://www.nba.com smoove chips

    @ control

    that was funny.wrong,but funny as hell.

  • http://diaryofatiredblackman.wordpress.com/ Cal

    Thats a real bad picture of Mike. Its all good now until Lebron says, I was gonna stay until they fired my boy Mike. Cleveland may regret this move.