As Mike Brown draws closer to failing to deliver on Dan Gilbert's preseason promise of "playoffs or bust," Brown may also be drawing nearer to becoming the second head coach in Cleveland fired after one season this year.
Let's face it: Brown was never the guy. He has never been the guy. And he never will be the guy.
Just as he was incapable of coaching the LeBron James-led Cavaliers to an NBA title in his first stint with the team, Brown has proven himself incapable of leading a team full of the young and talented.
For a coach who was brought to Lake Erie to shore up a sputter defense, Brown has seen the defense of his superstar Kyrie Irving regress this season and it is becoming increasingly clear that this team will not perform under his guidance.
The Cavs must act fast.
With the clock ticking away on Irving's chance to join his friend James as another superstar to leave Cleveland, the Cavaliers' hopes of following the blueprint set out by the Oklahoma City Thunder are dwindling. Either way, Gilbert has one more shot at finding the right guy to lead this team before he is forced into another total rebuild.
The following slides are a list of four individuals whose mere presence in Cleveland might just be the boost they need back into the playoff picture.