Fool Me Twice

Photo is courtesy of the Associated Press/ Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)

As I finished my busy Tuesday, I was informed of something that displeased me greatly.  I understand that it isn’t time for Free for All Friday yet, but looks like Friday comes a little early this week.  The Cleveland Cavaliers ended their coaching search by signing a 5-year, $20 million contract with the infamous Mike Brown.  Yes folks, the Mike Brown that coached the Cavaliers from 2005-2010 and failed to get a ring with the best player in the world on his roster.  If you are a Cavs fan, or just a fan of basketball, it was painfully obvious that Brown wasn’t coaching the team, LeBron was! It is true that Brown has a way of winning, with an amazing regular season winning percentage with both the Lakers and the Cavaliers, but when your team is anchored by Kobe or LeBron, OF COURSE you are going to kill in the regular season!

Mike Brown has a way of hiding behind talent, and taking credit for it.  His plan has always been to get the ball in the hands of the best player and let them do whatever it takes.  That style turns into a complete handing over of the structure of the team.  He let LeBron do the coaching in Cleveland and Kobe did the same in Los Angeles.  It just doesn’t work.  There is a reason that LeBron has been so successful in Miami.  Not only because of the excess of talent that he has around him in Bosh, Wade and Chalmers, but because of the way that Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra are able to coach the talented egos and turn it into something beautiful and effortless.  Cavalier’s owner, Dan Gilbert, said earlier today during the introduction press conference of Brown, that Mike Brown is statistically up there in winning percentage as a coach with Phil Jackson, if you take the championships away of course.  Dan, even though that is technically correct, what in the hell is wrong with you? Don’t EVER compare Mike Brown with Phil Jackson again and I could care less what your winning percentage is as a coach, just get me that ring! That is what we all strive for in any business.  We all want to feel what it is like to be on top of the mountain, and I don’t care how you do it, just get the job done.  Everywhere Brown has been, even with the talent that he has had, he can't finish the job.  Remember, there is a reason that Kobe and LeBron are not ready to be coaches yet, and letting them coach the team is exactly what Brown did. Talent gets you into the play-offs, but good coaching wins championships.

The Cavaliers could’ve gone and hired anyone! A new face, a proven champion, Stan Van Gundy, anybody but Mike Brown and I would’ve been happy!  Plus, with the hiring of Brown, you have lost all chances of getting LeBron back in Cleveland.  Why come back and "coach" again when the future is looking pretty bright in South Beach? If I were LeBron, I wouldn’t come back either.  If my former team is re-signing a coach that couldn’t get the job done the first time, there is no point to return.  Brown will now do with Kyrie exactly what he did with LeBron and Kobe.  Force him out of Cleveland at the end of his contract because no kid is ready to do the coaching on his own.

At this point in my Cleveland fandom, this is to be expected. Go out and make a move that makes no sense and expect your fans to be okay with it.  But as a fan of the Cavaliers, I will still cheer them on and support the city of Cleveland.  Just remember this, there is a reason that you fired Brown the first time, and it won’t be the last.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, coach. And those who can do neither, are Mike Brown.