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"I have truly enjoyed working with Mike Brown," general manager Danny Ferry said. "Mike has played a huge role in turning around the Cavs organization. Over the past five years, Mike established a work ethic, defensive identity and culture of winning that was not here previously."
In five seasons, Brown, who had one year left on his contract, went 314 177 and was the league's coach of the year in 2009. He took Cleveland to the post season every season and led the Cavaliers to their only finals appearance in 2007.
But the Cavs regressed and were badly outplayed by the Celtics. The embarrassing home performances, coupled with the early exit forced Gilbert to make a difficult decision on Brown, who won 127 regular season games the past two seasons and took Cleveland to its only finals visit in 2007.
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Ferry's future with the Cavs is also unsure. His contract is set to expire next month.
"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.
Brown is expected to get a long look from the five other teams with head coaching vacancies. There was no immediate word on his Cleveland assistants, who also have one year remaining on their deals.
It wasn't all his fault, but the 40 year old Brown, a former assistant in Washington, San Antonio and Indiana hired by Gilbert in 2005 to change Cleveland's culture with a foundation based on defence, couldn't deliver a title this season despite having the game's most skilled player and a roster upgraded with the additions of All Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Antawn Jamison.
Brown's dismissal had been expected since the Cavs were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, a stunning exit for a team favoured to win it all.
But the Cavs, despite having the best regular season record Air Max Penny Db the past two years, fell short of winning their first title and now face an uncertain future with James, the league's two time defending MVP, eligible for free agency and expected to listen to offers from other teams.
a flow. Also, James and some of the team's other veterans questioned Brown's game plans in both the series against Chicago and Boston.
Brown's fifth season ended like all the others he shared with James title less.
There were whispers Brown was in trouble after the Cavs were dumped by Orlando in last year's Eastern Conference finals. It was thought that Brown would have to take his team at least as far this season to save his job, but he couldn't and paid the price.
"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," Gilbert said in a statement released by the team.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert made the decision to fire Brown following an organizational review that began following the Cavs' stunning collapse. Cleveland had a 2 1 series lead over the Celtics before losing three straight, including the final two at home by a combined 50 points.
Cavaliers fire coach Mike Brown
Brown was outcoached by Boston's Doc Rivers, who had his team better prepared and got more from his players. The Cavs were constantly beaten to loose balls and long rebounds, something Brown couldn't help but perhaps a sign that he had already lost his team.
In past seasons, James complained about the team's lack of offensive imagination, saying the Cavs should run more. He and Brown worked through most differences and seemed to have a solid relationship, but it began to fade as this brief post season unfolded.
The Cavs' defence, suffocating and relentless at times during the regular season, was atrocious in the series against Boston. Cleveland allowed more than 100 points in six games and couldn't contain Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
During his tenure, Brown rarely if ever criticized James. The opposite wasn't true.
With James moving toward free agency, the Cavs needed to show him a willingness to change and dismissing Brown, however painful, may have been necessary to re sign James.
Brown was voted the league's coach of the year last season when the Cavs won 66 games. However, Cleveland lost to Orlando in the conference finals and it was assumed Brown would have to get the team closer to a championship to keep his job.
Brown's rotations were a mess in the series, leading to the team's inability to get into any type of offensive rhythm. With James unable to dominate as he so often does, the Cavs' offence was stagnant and players didn't seem to have any sense of their roles.
Because of a injury to O'Neal, Brown was forced to integrate the centre back into the offence during the playoffs, and the Cavs never got into Air Max Youth
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