Mike Brown To Hand Over Coach of the Year Award to Lebron James

Patrick ParsonsAnalyst IApril 21, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 2: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs his coach Mike Brown towards the end of the game in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 105-88 to advance to the next round of the playoffs. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2008-09 NBA coach of the year.

This news was expected by some, as Brown led the Cavaliers to the best record in the NBA. But he won the award in a landslide, more than doubling the points Rick Adelman, (the second-highest vote-getter) received, 355-151.

Stan Van Gundy finished one point behind Adelman with 151, and was followed by Nate McMillan (127) and George Karl (117) to round out the top five.

Also receiving first place votes were Jerry Sloan, Erik Spoelstra, Mike Woodson, Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers and Vinny Del Negro.

Surprisingly, somebody who voted felt that Scott Skiles was the third best coach in the NBA and he tied for 13th overall with one point from that third-place vote.

What was really surprising about this day was Mike Brown admitting to the public of the deal he has had in place with Lebron James since taking over as head coach.

Not only does Brown have to hand over his COY award to Lebron this season, but many of the future joys of his life as well. He gives all of this in return for Lebron's services and friendship.

The highlights of this "contract" with Lebron will be surprising to some. Mike Brown has to hand over his first-born son (Lebron doesn't care for daughters much, I suppose), he must share his wife at least once a month, and can never drink the last Hi-C on team flights.

He is also obligated to massage and lotion every new tattoo that Lebron receives, and has been coaxed into brushing Anderson Varejao's hair upon Lebron's request.

This deal may seem odd to some, but Brown considers it normalalmost necessary for his career.

"I don't think it's odd at all", Brown said. "I wanted to have success in the NBA, and having Lebron makes that goal much easier. After all, who needs a faithful wife when you have an MVP on your team. I'm not really a fan of Hi-C anyway, i'm more of a Capri Sun kind of guy, so that was easy to agree upon."

While Brown is used to this arrangement by now, at times it can cause problems in the locker room.

Upon seeing Brown massage Lebron after one game in February, Wally Szczerbiak felt as though he was being forgotten, and admitted that "Sometimes I want massages too!"

Upon hearing this, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, known by many as a superb masseur, came to the rescue and kept the locker room a friendly atmosphere for at least a while.

Upon hearing of this deal between Brown and James, perhaps the New York Knicks will offer Lebron an even better arrangement if he were to come to play for them.

You want to adopt Nate Robinson as your son? Done!

While the future is unclear, Brown can at least celebrate this award for the moment.

I hope you have the lotion ready though, Mike...