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Cavs can Mike Brown

Post  junkman on Mon May 24, 2010 3:22 pm

Cavs can Mike Brown

Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Mike Brown on the heels of a second straight disappointing playoff run. Armed with two-time MVP LeBron James, the Cavaliers had been expected to contend for a championship, as the team won 61 and 66 regular-season games, respectively, the past two seasons. However, the Cavs were ousted by Orlando in the conference finals last spring and this year suffered a second-round loss to Boston. “After a long and deep analysis of all of the factors that led to the disappointing early ends to our playoff runs over the past two seasons, we concluded that it was time for the Cavaliers to move in a different direction,” said Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert. “The expectations of this organization are very high and, although change always carries an element of risk, there are times when that risk must be taken in an attempt to break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment. This is one of those times.” The Cavaliers face the possibility of a bigger change this summer with the impending free agency of James. The move for a new coach could entice him to remain with the organization. Brown, the 2008-09 Coach of the Year, had spent the last five seasons with the Cavs and guided the team to a record of 272-138. He also had a mark of 42-29 in the postseason, which included a run to the NBA Finals in 2007. The Cavs were swept in that championship series by San Antonio. “I have truly enjoyed working with Mike Brown. Mike has played a huge role in turning around the Cavs organization,” said Cavs general manager Danny Ferry. “Over the past five years, Mike established a work ethic, defensive identity and culture of winning that was not here previously.” Brown took over in June 2005 and immediately helped Cleveland to the playoffs for the first time since 1998. The Cavaliers beat Washington in the first round of the 2006 playoffs for the franchise's first postseason series win since 1993. After the run to the NBA Finals, the Cavs were eliminated by Boston in the second round of the 2008 playoffs before the most recent failures the past two springs. The Cavs swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the 2009 playoffs before being eliminated by Orlando in six games in the conference finals. This spring, the Cavs knocked off Chicago in five games and had a 2-1 series lead against Boston before losing the last three games. Two of the four losses in the series against the Celtics came in blowout fashion at home, as Cleveland lost Game 2 by a 104-86 score and dropped Game 5 in 120-88 fashion.

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