The +Cleveland Cavaliers has just fired their coach +Mike Brown. Brown was fired for the second time in four years by owner Dan Gilbert, who last April brought back the only coach to get the Cavs to the NBA Finals but then dismissed him after the team failed to make the playoffs.
The Cavs went 33-49 under Brown, who had four years remaining on his contract. He was fired last year by the Los Angeles Lakers just five games into his second season. Brown was let go in 2010 after the Cavs failed to advance past the conference semifinals. At the time, it appeared Gilbert was making the move — and hiring Byron Scott as coach — to appease LeBron Jamesand keep him in Cleveland. James, though, decided to leave for Miami as a free agent.
The Cavs improved defensively under Brown, moving from last in the league in field goal percentage to 12th. But the offense was a continued work in progress and the Cavs didn’t make a late playoff push despite a favorable schedule down the stretch.
While the Cavs showed signs of progress with Brown, he was unable to get one of the league’s youngest teams to play consistently. There were also some personality conflicts between All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and backcourt mate Dion Waiters. Although the two claimed to get along, there was little harmony on the court.