Mike Brown Rumors

The greetings are always warm when he returns. Malone credits his time with the Cavaliers as being one of the real jump-starts to eventually becoming a head coach. “It means a lot,” Malone said. “I had five great years here. During that five-year stretch we had great success –- best record in the NBA twice, went to the Finals. I was very fortunate to work for a head in Mike Brown that allowed me to coach and gave me a voice and gave me a platform. Because of that opportunity and the success that we had -– because of a guy like LeBron (James) – that allowed me to be seen in a different light amongst NBA GMs and owners. And ultimately allowed me to become a head coach. So this was a great time for me and my family, great success. And it was a huge factor in me becoming a head coach in the NBA.”
Brown had a clause in his contract. If he was fired within 10 days of the season, the team didn’t owe his full contract. Nine-and-half days after the Game 6 loss in Boston, Cleveland fired him. Some wondered if LeBron ordered it. “I can guarantee you with a billion percent certainty that’s not true,” Windhorst said. “Could LeBron have raised his hand and stopped it? Yes. But at that point, LeBron had already decided he was leaving. They couldn’t get a hold of him.”
Days later, he watched LeBron, Ty Lue and the Cavaliers beat Golden State to finally bring Cleveland an elusive title. “For LeBron and his legacy and what he meant to Northeast Ohio, I was tickled to death,” Brown said. But now he’s on the other side of things, bringing a unique perspective to the matchup. Because his first season with the Lakers was lockout-shortened, Brown never coached against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. So this past Christmas, Brown entered his former home arena for the first time as an opposing coach. “Walking into the building and going to the other locker room was a little strange,” Brown said. “Sitting on the other bench was a little weird.”