According to Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Byron Scott. Per a report via Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavaliers are interested in hiring Mike Brown to his second stint with the team.
The fact that the Cavaliers are even considering rehiring Brown is a sign of their lack of direction.
Windhorst reports that there is mutual interest between Brown and the Cavaliers when it comes to reuniting. Brown, who served as Cleveland's head coach from 2005 to 2010, has been out of the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers fired him just five games into the season.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown hasn't been contacted by Cavs but would listen if they called s.cleveland.com/YcuWuFV— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) April 19, 2013
Brown has every reason to be interested in this position.
The Cavaliers may not be winning at a high rate, but they're led by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, budding power forward Tristan Thompson and standout rookie Dion Waiters. While depth may be an issue, the Cavaliers are in line for a top-five draft choice in 2013.
In other word, a potentially elite core could be built—one that should not be left in coach Brown's hands.
All About Fit
Before we move forward, it must be made clear that Mike Brown is an intelligent leader who deserves a head coaching position. Not only does he have a history of winning, but Brown has done a great job of controlling egos.
With that being said, Brown just isn't the right man for this job.
Brown has a career win percentage of .653 during the regular season. Brown has also won 47 postseason games and made it out of the first round in each of his six appearances.
It just so happens that coaching ability and fit do not always line up in an ideal manner.
Even if Brown were to abandon the Princeton offense, the Cavaliers are a team that must capitalize on their two standout guards. They shoot too poorly to work it around the perimeter and lack direction on either end of the floor.
Brown could help in that regard, but there is one word that defines what Cleveland needs most: respect.
Byron Scott is one of the more successful coaches in the NBA, winning 416 games and making two NBA Finals appearances. Mike Brown has made an NBA Finals appearance and two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
With that being said, the Cavaliers are a young team that needs a powerful presence in the locker room—if it's not Scott, backtracking to Brown isn't the route to take, either.
Cleveland needs a change of scenery, specifically when it comes to the head coaching position. While they've experienced success in the past, the Cavaliers have always stalled once something begins to go well.
They now need a coach that can push them over the edge.
There is a wide array of available names on the coaching carousel, including decorated assistants Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers and Mike Budenholzer of the San Antonio Spurs. There are also legendary figures such as Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan.
With all due respect to coach Brown, any of those options are more attractive than a part two—it's time to move forward, not run in place.