Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown watches in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
4. The Second Mike Brown Era
Mike Brown’s second tenure with the Cavs was supposed to be different. He had a budding superstar in Kyrie Irving, along with other high draft picks Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, in addition to proven veterans, such as Jarrett Jack and Anderson Varejao.
The Cavs were supposed to make their first run at the playoffs since losing LeBron James, as Brown was to instill a “defense first” mentality into the team.
Well, the Cavs tied for 17th in defensive efficiency, while Irving posted the worst shooting percentage of his career (.430).
Instead of contending for the fifth or sixth seed, Brown and the Cavs missed the playoffs in the lowly east, while finishing 33-49.