Sunday , May , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs will reportedly name Mike Brown their new head coach

Akron, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly decided
to hire Indiana Pacers assistant Mike Brown as their next head coach.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavs and Brown were already in
contract talks and an official announcement could come at some point this
week. He is expected to get a three- or four-year deal worth about $2-to-$3
million per season.

Brown, who interviewed with Cleveland last week in Detroit, is known for his
attention to defense, which is a top priority to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
It is believed that he beat out Memphis Grizzlies assistant Eric Musselman for
the job.

“He’s a good X and O coach, but he’s a good people person, too,” Cavaliers
guard Ira Newble, who was with Mike Brown in 2000-01 when both were in San
Antonio, told the paper. “He’s a good man, and he knows the game. He knows how
to coach. If you look around the league, defense wins championships and Mike
knows defense.”

At 35, Brown, who won a ring as an assistant with the Spurs in 2003, would
become the second-youngest head coach in the NBA. He served as Indiana head
coach Rick Carlisle’s top assistant the last two years.

“If he does get the job, it reflects not only the job he has done for us, but
also, how much he’s respected around the league,” Carlisle told the
Indianapolis Star. “Based on the past three years, he showed he’s ready to
become a head coach.”

The report also stated that the team is prepared to offer its president of
basketball operations position to Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown at
the conclusion of the Pistons’ playoff run.