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Mike Brown Fired—Now He's Not—Is LeBron James Pulling the Strings?

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IMay 14, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  Head coach Mike Brown of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a call against one of his players in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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First comes the report from SI.com saying that Cleveland Cavs head coach Mike Brown has been fired. But wait, not so fast, says Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert.

It begs the question: Is LeBron pulling the strings from behind the scenes or at least being involved in the ultimate decision?

Shortly after the published SI report, Gilbert had this to say, according to ESPN.com :

"That's not true," he said during a news conference. "We are right now just going through the evaluation process."

So, is this a sign that LeBron needs to give his blessing or is it simply a case of a reporter jumping to conclusions?

Either way, we know how badly the Cavs want to entice James into staying. So it would make sense that if King James wants Brown out, it's the least they could do.

Likewise, if James heard the report and called the owner and said, "Hey, wait a minute," you can bet they would wait that minute.

Brown was the NBA Coach of the Year last season, but following their season-ending loss to the Celtics on Thursday, it was widely assumed that Brown would be replaced.

Yet it would seem that the only thing that matters to Cleveland is what its King will do. Speaking of that, who would the Cavs owner want LeBron to play for?  

"Of course, we fully believe that, sweepstakes, in the running, whatever, I think this is the best franchise for him to play at," Gilbert said.

Really? What a surprising viewpoint. It's like saying the sky is blue. But LeBron may have other ideas.

Still, it wouldn't hurt for the Cavs to make their hometown hero as happy as possible with the coaching situation. Normally, I don't believe in letting the inmates run the asylum, but in this case LeBron clearly has all the leverage.

It's good to be King.

Meanwhile, the suitors for his services are numerous. President Obama thinks that James would look good in a Bulls uniform, while New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is publicly talking about the Cavs' star coming to the Big Apple to play.

Brown seems like a good young coach but the rumor going around is that James prefers John Calipari, who has been linked to the Bulls.

While Calipari continues to deny interest, it would have to be tempting for anyone to have the chance to coach LeBron James.

But for now, Brown remains as coach, though he may have the shortest leash in history.

In the end, what LeBron wants, LeBron will get.

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