The Fire Mike Brown Debate – Nobody Rides For Free



Rumors abound right now regarding the future of Mike Brown as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Cavs are smart, they’ll pull into a gas station, ask Brown to run in and ask for directions, then take off while he’s inside. I would get as far away from him as possible, and fast. Sticking with Brown may cost the Cavs LeBron James.

Sure, Mike Brown has coached a successful team. His record as a head coach is very strong, sitting at 211 wins to only 117 losses. It’s hard to argue those numbers. But, let’s realistically consider where those numbers came from – LeBron James.

LeBron is, without question, one of the best players in the game today. In a game where you play only five people at a time, having 20% of your on-court staff qualify as “one of the best in the game” gives you a distinct advantage. Basketball, unlike baseball or football, creates an environment where a team can be carried by a single player. In no way does a single player guarantee a championship; but, he can single-handedly take credit for many wins along the way. Therefore, I challenge anyone to prove to me that the Cavaliers’ success is due to anyone other than LeBron James.

“But Bleacher Fan,” I hear you say, “Mike Brown was named coach of the year! The Cavs CAN’T fire him.”

I argue, having watched the Cavaliers falter quite embarrassingly against the Orlando Magic, that Mike Brown did not win Coach of the Year because of his coaching ability. He won Coach of the Year because his team had the best record in basketball. To recap, WHY did the Cavs have the best record in basketball? Everyone say it with me… LeBron James!

Now, why did the Cavaliers lose the Eastern Conference Finals to the Magic? Because of Mike Brown’s coaching. Sure, the Magic were able to capitalize on mismatches created in the line-up, but those mismatches were manufactured by a superior coach, Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy out-coached Brown to the point that the Cavs actually looked like they didn’t belong in the Eastern Conference Finals.

To give Brown some credit, his strategy coming into each game was relatively strong. The Cavs were able to run up a quick (and rather large) lead in several of the games. Where Brown failed, though, was his inability to anticipate or respond to the adjustments made by Van Gundy, a much better coach. The end result was that Brown got schooled, despite having better talent on the court.

The 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, though, is not the first time this problem has popped up. The Cavaliers were outscored in the third quarter in 50% of their games this year (although the problem has been ongoing since Brown came on board). Mike Brown is incapable of making any type of a half-time adjustment. Think about it. The Cavaliers were one of the top two teams in first half scoring all year. Yet, somehow, during the halftime break, they became sub-standard. It is because the opposing coaches make adjustments during halftime that Brown is incapable of handling. This is something that can be overcome when playing teams like the New York Knicks or the Washington Wizards. When you are playing teams with superior coaches, such as Stan Van Gundy, the stakes get raised and overcoming that obstacle becomes a little more challenging.

Getting back to my original point, why should the Cavs fire Mike Brown? Because in pressure situations, against the better teams and better coaches, Mike Brown will always come up second best. Under Mike Brown, the Cavaliers will NOT win a championship, and LeBron will seek greener pastures as a result. If Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert REALLY wants to promise Cleveland an end to their championship drought, then he should begin with the taking care of the problem, and fire Mike Brown!

Read the debate intro and Sports Geek’s opinion.

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7 Responses to The Fire Mike Brown Debate – Nobody Rides For Free

  1. Mike says:

    I have not read through the arguments yet but thought I would share mine first then I will read the rest.

    Mike Brown should be fired because key decisions he made during the final series were pathetic and the choice of sitting there in the final two games not changing the game plan at all was a horrible mistake. Come on Mike if it does not work in the first couple change it up. Note to Mike Brown Ben Wallace can not cover a three point shooter. DUH!!

    With all that said I really do not think The King wants another coach brought in. Why? because he is the King and he gets what he wants now. He doesn’t care what Brown tells him he has control and does not want to loose that.

    Mike Brown is not going anywhere.

    • Sports Geek says:

      Hey Mike, thanks for the comment. I encourage you to read both sides (uh, especially Sports Geek’s).

      Who else should Brown have put on the perimeter at the end of games to guard the 3-point line? He had no personnel to work with, how could he have won a championship with just one good player? Don’t you think the Cavs need major roster overhaul?

      S. Geek

    • Loyal Homer says:

      Thanks for the comment Mike!

      I agree with you to some extent Mike. Just going by what you said and not knowing the background, Ben Wallace has no business guarding a three point shooter.

      Will that influence my decision? Check by later to see my verdict!!

  2. David says:

    im not to sure if i agree

  3. Loyal Homer says:

    David, you think he deserves to be fired?

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