In April 2013, the Cleveland Cavaliers made the single biggest mistake of their rebuilding process.
They brought back Mike Brown.
Without even interviewing another candidate, the Cavs handed Brown a five-year, $20 million contract despite firing him just three years earlier.
Brown coached the Cavaliers from 2005-2010 before being let go by owner Dan Gilbert. Although Brown had a 272-138 record his first time in Cleveland, he failed to win a title and was often criticized for his team's ineptitude on offense.
Now back with the Cavs, Brown has a team filled with talent off to just a 22-35 start. Players have complained about Brown and his large staff of assistants (per the Akron Beacon Journal), and locker room problems have plagued much of the season.
His inability to run an offense has once again hurt the team, as the Cavaliers are just 24th in the NBA in offensive efficiency, despite having players like Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Luol Deng (per ESPN.com).
Brown recently admitted to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal that “our offense is not complex at all.” When newly acquired center Spencer Hawes said that he already had a good idea of what the Cavs do on offense, Brown said, “You probably do. What you went over in your scouting report is all we do.”
Despite how the rest of this season goes down, the Cavs need a new coach.
Luckily for Cleveland, there are some good names available.
Here are the top five coaches the Cavaliers should pursue to replace Brown.