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Open season on Mike Brown

By admin Published: March 15, 2006

Based on my e-mail and what I heard on talk radio once I returned to Cleveland from Dallas today, the Cavaliers fan base is discharging what I can only assume was some pent up anger at Mike Brown for his performance during the losses in Miami and Dallas.

Someone who left a comment on one of my stories recently on said Brown's performance is the "elephant in the room" when it comes to the Cavs troubles, meaning no one really wants to talk about it.  That moratorium, it seems, has been lifted.

During the road trip I had several conversations with Coach Brown about how he's evaluated himself so far this season for this story which is in Thursday's Beacon Journal.

Brown's style isn't classic, he isn't fiery or stately in his mannerisms, which is what public sees.  His treatment of players is almost always positive and supportive, though not particularly inspiring.  He has excellent theory on the game and experience to back it up but thus far his results have been inconsistent.  He's really tried to stick to his plan and his principles.  He's stressed defense and tried to get a rotation going.  Then again, he can't make shots for Damon Jones and Donyell Marshall.

For all the talk about offensive issues and overall team softness, the Cavs are going to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years.  For a rookie coach, Brown is going to post a solid record despite having to go through much of the year without Larry Hughes.  He's going to have the second-best record for a Cavs first-year head coach.

There is a lot of room for improvement on the bench for the Cavs, I've suggested they hire an offensive coordinator in the off-season.  The anger now is understandable, but I will suggest giving a rookie more time and to keep perspective for the time being.

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