Mike Brown won everything in five years coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everything, that is, except an NBA title.
Brown, the most successful coach in franchise history, was fired after failing to win a championship with superstar -- and soon-to-be free agent -- LeBron James.
The Cavaliers had a midnight deadline Sunday night to fire the head coach or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.
HoopsVibe's Call: Believe it or not, this wasn't about LeBron James' pending free agency.
The Cleveland Cavaliers - whether James re-signs or heads elsewhere this summer - had tuned Brown out.
For consecutive seasons, the team fell short of expectations in the playoffs. Two years ago, against Orlando, their offensive sets were too basic; they also lacked the personnel to stop the Magic's stretch four-man Rashard Lewis.
This year they had supposedly made adjustments, but still folded against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Perhaps, Brown ran too loose a ship, allowing the sideline to resemble something of a dance show during games. Perhaps, Brown delegated too much to James. Perhaps, Brown had too many weapons at his disposal. And perhaps, the end of season gossip, whether true or not, took its toll.
One thing, however, was clear: the players needed a new, different voice. So Brown had to go. And this had nothing to do with James' uncertain status.
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