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Griffin: Kyrie Irving had nothing to do with Brown's firing

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 13, 2014
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Cavaliers general manager David Griffin answers questions during a news conference Tuesday in Independence. (AP Photo)

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving will play for his third coach in four seasons next year, but Cavs General Manager David Griffin adamantly disputed Tuesday the notion Irving had any involvement in Mike Brown’s firing.

“Any – any insinuation that Kyrie had anything to do with this decision is patently false,” Griffin said, at one time pounding the table for effect. “It’s unfair. He was not counseled on this decision, nor was he counseled on the previous coaching decision (Byron Scott). It’s a completely unfair assertion and one that I want everyone to understand very clearly. That is not a narrative that we are going to go with.”

Griffin was introduced Tuesday as the full-time general manager. He’ll get to work immediately replacing Brown – those discussions began on Monday – and conceded the fact the Cavs will be operating under their third coach in as many years leaves the perception of instability within the organization.

“This is not sometimes a function of a lack of stability. It’s a function of a lack of fit,” Griffin said. “Fit extends to every decision we make.”

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