“Like I’m the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn’t make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” he said. “Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they’re not that good (laughs)? I can’t play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It’s one more team that you probably would’ve thought would’ve been a contender. One more team. I couldn’t have made the (entire) East better. I couldn’t have made everybody (else) in the West better.”
Brown said he had a “great time” in his first stint in Cleveland and appreciated Gilbert for giving him a head coaching job. “We were good. LeBron was young,” Brown said. “We never really had a second guy who was a perennial year-to-year second guy besides LeBron. That made it tough from time to time the deeper we got into the playoffs. The guys we did have were tremendous individuals and did work their tails off. They just found ways to win games.”
“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.