Report: Mike Brown Expected to be Hired As Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

May 18, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown reacts to a foul call during the first half of game three of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Lloyd, writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, has announced that sources have told him that Mike Brown has emerged as the favorite to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a deal has been agreed upon.

 

While it isn’t official, Lloyd has been known to have sources in the front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers, so it is a very safe bet that his sources are correct. Brown was rumored to be a top candidate to replace Byron Scott, who was fired last week after three seasons at the helm in Cleveland.

 

Mike Brown brings a strong defensive mind to Cleveland, something that has been lacking over the previous three years. In his first run with the Cavs, Brown posted a 272-and-138 record, and made it past the first round of the playoffs in each of Brown’s five seasons. He holds a 314-and-167 record as a head coach overall, with the Cavaliers and Lakers.

It looks like this is all but final, with a few other items that need worked out.

 

This is a huge deal for Cleveland if it follows through. Question marks will rise as to why nobody else was interviewed for the position. It was said that Phil Jackson had no interest in the position, and other candidates like Mike Malone and Brian Shaw had interviewed for the Cleveland job in the past. I feel like this move was made so quick because Brown was up for other jobs, like Philadelphia and possibly Atlanta, and our front office didn’t want to risk losing Brown in fear of other candidates not fitting the position. Overall, this is a good hire for Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers. Several things are different from when Brown was here the first time. Instead of having an offense of LeBron James, Brown has much more to work with. His defense will speak for itself, and he will have much more control instead of kissing the behind of one player.

Topics: Cleveland, Head Coaching Search, Mike Brown

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