Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Make Mike Brown the Man

Mike Brown is getting a bigger clock.When the Cavaliers hired Brown in June 2005, owner Dan Gilbert gave the first-time head  coach a clock to symbolize the time he would be given to build the team. On the same day, as he did in interviews that landed him the coaching position even before Gilbert had hired a general manager, Brown promised he would create a team that made defense its priority.Brown has fulfilled his end; so has Gilbert.The Cavs signed Brown to a two-year contract extension.

Monday, pushing the team’s commitment to him through the 2010-11 season. According to sources, the deal will pay him a little more than $4 million per season, plus incentives.In his first two seasons on the job, Brown helped turn the Cavs into one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. His .592 winning percentage ranks first in franchise history. He has led the team to its first back-to-back 50-win seasons since 1991-92 and 1992-93, to four playoff series wins and to its first Eastern Conference championship. Click here for more from the Akron Beacon Journal.