May 26, 2017 | 4:19 pm EDT Update
“I hope everybody says we have no chance,” General Manager David Griffin said during a TV interview following the Cavaliers’ 135-102 win Thursday night against the Boston Celtics, clinching a third straight NBA Finals appearance. “Obviously the team we’re playing is as good as you can possibly put together, it’s going to be an unbelievable battle for us, but I think [the Cavs] love battling together. The greater the odds, the better we seem to play together. We really do rally around each other in that sense.”
“First of all, Steve may be back,” Brown told The Undefeated on Thursday night after the Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics, 135-102, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to their third consecutive Finals against the Warriors. “We all want him to be back. So, I’m just taking this thing one day at a time. He’s been great. [General manager] Bob Myers has been great. The guys [players] have been great.
As much as Brown loves being on the sideline again, during these awkward circumstances he would rather it be Kerr. “It is kind of a Catch-22. Steve is our head coach, he’s our leader,” Brown said. “He is a guy who laid the foundation with this program. You want him to be on the sidelines, but obviously with circumstances as they are … just like one of our players, Matt Barnes, had mentioned this, that we’ve been a team that when someone goes down to injury, the next guy has to be ready to step up.
“I just look at it as an opportunity. I have a lot of history in Cleveland, personally. To me, it’s bigger than that. The group of guys I’m working with are tremendous. It’s a player’s league. And at this point of the year, if you have the right guys, you’re clicking and you’re healthy, you’re going to have a chance to win. I don’t know right now if I have any emotions about going back coaching there. I’m really just trying to make it into this being the next round. Obviously, it’s special to me because it is the Finals.” The Warriors are an undefeated 12-0 during this postseason, with Brown coaching the past 10 games. The last time he was a head coach in the NBA Finals was in 2007 with James and the Cavaliers. They were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
The Toronto Raptors have begun their search to replace general manager Jeff Weltman, who left to run the Orlando Magic. “We will look in-house first, then figure it out from there,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri told Amico Hoops.