Cleveland Cavs: 5 Reasons Firing Mike Brown Was a Mistake for the Team

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Cleveland Cavs: 5 Reasons Firing Mike Brown Was a Mistake for the Team
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On May 24, 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Mike Brown.

This move was likely in an attempt to show former Cavalier superstar LeBron James that the team was willing to make changes in order to make him happy.

It was well-known throughout the league that James and Mike Brown didn't see eye-to-eye, and that often led to James disregarding Brown's instructions in time outs and during other important times of a game.

And when your superstar and coach don't see eye-to-eye, normally that means that the coach is the first to go.

So when the Cavaliers gave the franchise's most winning coach his walking papers, it was obvious to the fans and nation that the organization was willing to do whatever it took to keep LeBron James.

A little over a month later, the Cavaliers hired Byron Scott in a move that was supposed to persuade LeBron James to stay here.

I mean, what wasn't there to like?

Scott was a three-time champion as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, he had led the New Jersey Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in his first three years as a head coach and he had the approval of one of LeBron James' best friends: Chris Paul.

Byron Scott had the pedigree, the big name and the championship history that was supposed to propel LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the next level in the NBA.

But that plan went up in smoke when James decided to sign with the Miami Heat as a free agent in the offseason.

Since then, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been a team without an identity.

And watching that team play has led me to ask one question: Did the Cleveland Cavaliers make a huge mistake by firing Mike Brown?

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