Cavs make it official; Brown named new coach
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers made it official on
Thursday and introduced Mike Brown as their new head coach.
This marks the first head coaching job for Brown, who served as Indiana head
coach Rick Carlisle’s top assistant for the past two years.
“I’m extremely happy that our number one candidate has accepted our offer to
come to Cleveland,” said Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert in a statement.
“Mike is the only person we offered the job to and we are very confident he is
the right person to lead the Cavaliers to a very successful future on the
Brown succeeds Brendan Malone, who finished the 2004-05 campaign as the
Cavaliers’ interim coach after Paul Silas was fired on March 21. Cleveland
finished 42-40 this past season and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the
seventh consecutive year.
“You got a guy like LeBron James, you have an exciting city like Cleveland,
you have terrific owners who are committed and that have the same or similar
philosophy that I have and a lot of cap room to do some things,” Brown said
during a news conference. “With those things in mind, this is a great
opportunity for me to take my first head coaching job.”
The 35-year-old Brown came to the Pacers after a three-year stint as an
assistant with San Antonio, where he earned a championship ring in 2003. He
began his NBA career with Denver in 1992 and spent five seasons with the
Nuggets, first as the team’s video coordinator and then as a scout.
Brown, known for his attention to defense, then joined the Wizards’ staff in
1997 and enjoyed a three-year tenure with Washington as both an assistant
under Bernie Bickerstaff and as a professional scout.
“As we worked through the hiring process for all of our key basketball
positions, one thing became obvious — Mike Brown was going to be the head
coach regardless of who filled the other key positions,” Gilbert added. “He
has made a remarkable impression on many, many people around the league and we
feel fortunate to have Mike become the Cavaliers head coach.”
Of course, there could be another Brown in Cleveland soon, as rumors have
swirled in recent days that current Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown may
be in line for a spot in the Cavs’ front office.
“We are still interviewing, or talking to, a handful of candidates for the
president and general manager positions,” Gilbert maintained, adding that the
two jobs could be filled by one person. “We have not made any decisions or
Gilbert did say, however, that the team has been granted permission from the
Pistons to speak with Brown about a front office position, but that no deal
has been struck.
The owner also said that everyone the team has talked with about the front
office job has endorsed Mike Brown as the head coach.