INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert admitted he never should have fired Mike Brown three years ago following consecutive 60-win seasons.
"Yeah, it was a mistake," Gilbert said Wednesday at Brown's reintroductory news conference. "When you get the benefit of hindsight, it was a mistake. We're very happy that we get to rectify any position we took back then by Mike being available right now."
What was supposed to be a 90-minute reacquaintance dinner meeting Sunday night between Brown, general manager Chris Grant and Cavs ownership lasted 6 1/2 hours. Three days later, Brown was introduced as the new coach. He was fired just three years ago after the Cavs were eliminated in the Eastern Conferrence semifinals. Six weeks after he was fired, LeBron James left as a free agent.
"That summer we went through three years ago, that was a unique time for us as a franchise," Gilbert said. "There was a lot of uncertainty on all levels."
Gilbert said Brown fits what the Cavaliers need perfectly.
"Mike Brown and what he brings is exactly what this franchise needs right now," Gilbert said. "We need an authentic, hard working grinder who is a defensive first coach who is engaged at all levels at all times. This guy lives, breathes and sleeps basketball."