After the culmination of a franchise-best 66-win season, 38-year-old Coach Mike Brown of the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the Coach of the Year award. He led the Cavs to a second Central Division title and the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs as well this year.
True, Brown may have coached the team on many fundamental skills to the actual physical gameplay. He must have done a good job as this Cleveland squad is breaking franchise records left and right.
However, there is a little more to the coach's approach to this team.
Brown began by preaching trust to his team in training camp, as he tried to build a cohesive team instead of a bunch of punk superstars looking out for themselves.
Brown also made a smart move in handing off many responsibilities to his assistants as he showed his maturation as a NBA coach and as a leader.
Brown joined the Cavaliers franchise as a first-time head coach in 2005. He came in working off of his assistant coaching experience in Indiana, never having been a head coach before this.
In the award balloting, Coach Brown destroyed the competition receiving 55 votes from a committee of 122 sports journalists. He garnered 355 points overall, beating Houston's Rick Adelman, the second place finisher, by 204 points.
The Cleveland management is very pleased with Coach Brown and attributes much of their success to him.
Owner Dan Gilbert called Brown a "natural leader" and attributed Brown for much of the team's success since Brown's arrival.
LeBron James may be capable of carrying a team in the fourth quarter, but he can't do it all game and that's where coaching has come into play. The bench play has been fantastic this year for the Cavs, which directly reflects on Brown.
Point in case, Brown is a good guy and he deserves this award. He has made a big improvement with this Cavaliers franchise and I look forward to seeing how he can impact the franchise in the playoffs this year and for many years to come.