Mike Brown Rumors

Ferry resigned as Cavaliers general manager after ownership fired head coach Mike Brown in 2010. Four years later, Brown is coming to his defense. “I cannot say enough about Danny Ferry and the opportunity he gave me as a first time head coach,” Mike Brown said. “The relationship we had at work and away from work, will be hard for me to duplicate going forward. The roller coaster ride of emotions we experienced together were easily navigated because of the blind trust we had for one another personally and professionally. We might not always agree with one another, but we could always count on having each other’s back by being on the same page when it was time to make a decision. And, toward the end of my first tenure with the Cavaliers, Danny never wavered in his belief in me.”
“This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown. Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction. Although, there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best,” said Gilbert.
Reading between the lines, it was enough to make those at Cleveland Clinic Courts wonder whether Mike Brown 2.0 will turn out any differently than Mike Brown 1.0. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert fired Brown after the 2010 season in a desperate attempt to persuade LeBron James to stay in free agency. Gilbert did not attend Tuesday’s gathering. He was off “trying to make us better,” Griffin said. That probably means Gilbert is contacting candidates for the roles of coach, general manager and/or president, a new layer he’s considering adding. It remains to be seen whether anyone wants to work with the Cavs’ collection of misfits and for an impulsive owner who fired General Manager Chris Grant on Feb. 6 without a long-term plan.
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While he doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction around the league, Cavs coach Mike Brown believes Dion Waiters should be a viable candidate for Sixth Man of the Year voting. Although he’s back in the starting lineup, Waiters remains the leading scorer among Eastern Conference reserves at 14.7 points in a bench role. He is averaging more points off the bench than any Cavs player since Hot Rod Williams averaged 16.9 in 1989-90. “He should deserve some credit, some recognition for Sixth Man of the Year,” Brown said. “He was giving us a big lift coming off the bench. He could be effective in a lot of different roles for a team. Obviously, he’s been effective for us as a starter, but he was huge for us coming off the bench throughout the course of the season so hopefully he’ll get recognition for it.”
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Dion Waiters was waiting for Mike Brown in his office after the coach finished with his postgame press conference Thursday. The two chatted with the door closed for a few minutes. No idea what the meeting was about, but Waiters took responsibility for the Cavs’ inability to rebound affectively. You’d think that would fall on the center who failed to grab a rebound during his first 25 minutes on the floor, but Waiters took the blame after grabbing two in 41 minutes.
Our friends at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are once again teaming with the NBA for Hoops For St. Jude’s Week, which runs through Thursday. As you probably know by now, St. Jude’s treats children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other deadly diseases, and doesn’t charge the kids or their families a dime for the procedures, operations, travel, housing or food they get and use while at the hospital. St. Jude’s does this through the contributions, great and small, of individuals and corporations. It costs $1.9 million per day for the hospital to do all the works it performs. This year’s NBA Ambassadors for St. Jude’s are Mike Conley, Pau and Marc Gasol, David Lee, Kevin Love and Greg Monroe, along with coaches Mike Brown, Rick Carlisle and Monty Williams. You can help by visiting the website and making a donation, or checking out St. Jude’s Twitter and Facebook pages. It’s well worth your time.
After Cleveland shipped Bynum away, Lakers center Pau Gasol reached out. Although they did not connect, Gasol understood where his former teammate might have turned south. “With his years with the Lakers, every player was well under control because of the group and the coaching staff. The coaching staff you had to respect and that’s something that not every coach demands or brings to the table,” Gasol says. “So, I think it was easier to do when Phil Jackson and his staff was around. Then, when asked if Brown had provided that same culture for Bynum when he coached in Los Angeles, Gasol responded: “Nah. Not the same.”
Q: If you bring in a new GM, he may want his own coach. Can you foresee any scenario where Mike Brown is not the coach next season? Dan Gilbert: I think it would be foolish of any owner to make an absolute type of determination or statement on anybody in the organization. But we feel good about Mike Brown and we feel Mike Brown is as hard working as they come, is as intellectual on basketball. Obviously everybody at the end of the day, especially if you’re a head coach, will be evaluated by your win/loss record over a period of time. I’ll leave it at that.