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Mike Brown on the way out of Cleveland??

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By Starting Blocks, The Plain Dealer

May 14, 2010, 12:15PM

Speculation is rampant that Cavs coach Mike Brown has one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel following the Cavaliers' 94-85 season-ending loss to Boston at TD Garden last night.

We may find out for sure at Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert's 2:30 p.m. press conference today. The subject hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet he's not going to be passing out bonuses.

Brown’s decision to keep Antawn Jamison on Kevin Garnett is what ultimately killed the Cavaliers in the series. Doc Rivers pointed out that that was the matchup the Celtics focused on when the series began, and Brown wasn’t able to take away Boston’s No. 1 option. Garnett clearly had a huge advantage over Jamison, but for some reason Brown stayed with Jamison way too long and didn’t use Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson enough to combat Garnett in the post.

Joel Huerta, a veteran sports journalist with the Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News, writes a blog called onemanfastbreak.com, and if he's right, Gilbert is about to tell us that Brown is about to become one those who make up Ohio's 11.5 percent unemployment rate.

". . . It’s tough to fire a head coach who has won 127 games the past two seasons, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. The Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA the past two years, but failed to make The Finals twice. The players, including James, appear to have lost faith in Brown, whose inability to make the proper adjustments against Boston ultimately will cost him his job."


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I like Brown, but he made some questionable decisions in this past series. The article points it out; he shouldnt have had my boy Jamison on KG. Ultimately, I think that whole Jamison trade was a fail. Cleveland should've went after Amare like the original plan was.

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Yeah i can not believe they balked at adding JJ Hickson to the trade for Amare. Stoudimire is a class A stud, Jamison is more of a B class role player. That proves to me Cleveland is NOT that serious about getting LBJ his ring. Amare would have put them over the top i think.

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Brown needs to be gone. He isnt a strong enough offensive mind to get the Cavs over the hump. The Cavs need a serious upgrade at head coach if they want to win a title.

Lets look at the last NBA champs of the past 20 years...

2009-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

2008-Doc Rivers

2007-Gregg Popovich (HOF bound)

2006-Pat Riley (HOFer)

2005-Gregg Popovich (HOF bound)

2004-Larry Brown (HOFer)

2003-Gregg Popovich (HOF bound)

2002-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

2001-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

2000-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1999-Gregg Popovich (HOF bound)

1998-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1997-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1996-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1995-Rudy Tomjanovich

1994-Rudy Tomjanovich

1993-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1992-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1991-Phil Jackson (HOF bound/arguably the best ever)

1990-Chuck Daly (HOFer)

So in the last 20 years, youve only had 2 head coaches win an NBA title that either arent HOFers or shoe ins for it down the road. Doc Rivers is an experienced coach who is very underrated. He took a trash Magic team led by McGrady to the playoffs 3 years in a row, and has now turned around the Celtics winning a title in 08 and competing for one this year. Tomjanovich wasnt a great coach, so he is the 1 instance where an OK coach won a title in the last 20 years. My point being, it takes a superstar coach to get it done too no matter whom the superstar player is. There's a reason why Jerry Buss begged Phil Jackson to come back to LA in the mid-2000's and is paying him 10 mill a year to bang his daughter. You gotta have that coach that's gonna get the ENTIRE TEAM ready for the dance.

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