Jones goes quietly to end of bench

Jones goes quietly to end of bench

There are 21 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Jones goes quietly to end of bench. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

INDEPENDENCE: There's no charm in this third time around for Damon Jones. As Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has tightened his rotation for the playoffs, he has again decided to stop playing Jones.

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Erie, PA

#1 Apr 8, 2008
I don't seem to get this rotation that Mike Brown has set. I've seen a lot of basketball over my lifetime, and for some reason this looks out of whack. I agree with loyalties to guys who have worked hard for you in the past, but to the point where you hurt the betterment of the team is ridiculous. Mike Brown, you need to get your head out of your rear and get Jones back in the game at some point. It is sad to say, but he was one of the more consistent offensive players this year. When you struggle in the fourth quarter like you have been lately, put the poor guy in. He cannot do any worse than what you have been putting out there.

Allen Park, MI

#2 Apr 8, 2008
I totally agree with the previous comment. I think Coach Brown has made some great decisions save this one. When everyone was injured, who stepped up: DAMON JONES! Not only has his outside shot been great this year, he's also been able to knock down the 12 footers AND penetrate for layups...something he has not showed much in previous years! Now everyone is "healthy" and you bury him on the bench?! I don't think so! Defensively he showed improvement when everyone was injured and he had to step it up. Besides, Daniel's shot isn't there yet and Delonte hasn't been totally consistent either. When Damon was on the floor, Lebron could kick to him and you could pretty much guarantee and 3 ball. Give this guy some playing time!!!

“LeBron = Born-again Tribe Fan!”

Since: May 07

Tallmadge, Ohio

#4 Apr 8, 2008
He should be in the game late in the 4th quarter. While James is driving, it gives him an option to kick it out to a 3-point shooter who has respectable offensive skills.

I don't care if he only plays 4 minutes a night. But it should be the last 4 minutes of the night!

Cleveland, OH

#5 Apr 8, 2008
He still gets paid. Go Cavs!!!

Canton, OH

#7 Apr 8, 2008
Coach Brown knows that Boobie and Wally need to play their way out of their shooting woes, and Wally needs more floor time to get used to this team's schemes and spacing. DJ will get plenty of minutes when it counts (not that these games don't count!), but West & Wally need to play for now, spending time learning the "help defense" and being in the right place at the right time on offense.
That said, I don't expect this team to go to the finals again this year, and for just that reason. This team hasn't jelled yet, and it may be too late for them to get to where they need to be.
This almost feels like a rebuilding year, especially considering how much money will be available under the cap in the offseason. I expect to see somebody special added to the roster before next year, with AV being overpaid elsewhere. I just hope they keep Joe Smith. He's got game, and he's got character.

Milwaukee, WI

#8 Apr 8, 2008
Mr. Potatohead's "gut feelings" suck. He has no idea what he is doing. Admittedly, Gibson should be getting minutes ahead of Jones, but the problem is the Potatohead is so inflexible in his "rotations" that he is completely incapable of reacting to in-game situations. The fact that he has never been a head coach before joining the Cavs shows itself often. He is a terrible in-game manager, and for this team to take the next step, it will have to happen in spite of him, not because of him. Let's just hope LeBron gets healthy soon so Potatohead can go back to standing on the sideline pushing up his glasses and trying to kiss his nose while LeBron takes over the fourth-quarter coaching duties.


West Chester, OH

#9 Apr 8, 2008
ATB, u hit it right. I have been on Jones every since he has been a Cav, but this year he has done less talking and more doing. The object is to win the game u r playing at the time and Brown is not a head coach, he has no in game skills.Against N.O. he ran out of TO's at the end of the game. Last year against the Spurs, two games he ran out of TO's at the end of the game. I'm sure he is a very nice person, just not a NBA head coach. Everyone cried for a point, now they have one and LaBron(my way) still runs things 60% of the time. Why not more post up's, why not more pick an rolls with LaBron setting the pick? Wally? Forget it, u either can shoot or u can't. What u did somewere else doesn't count here. Remember Larry? Ben, if he was making about $3mil, about what he is worth, would he be starting over Joe Smith? Only the big "O" never needed a coach, LaBron needs a coach, not someone on the sidelines saying "WOW". I say the Cavs will panic this summer and the rumors will have them getting rid of Brown and he will never have a head coaching job again or is this just wishful thinking. Time will tell. What's up jeffy


#10 Apr 8, 2008

Montgomery, AL

#11 Apr 8, 2008
Mike Brown is garbage, all the fans know it and we've been saying it for years. The big trade brought in the pieces to complete the puzzle but Brown's inability to coach on the offense end has produced a cluster. I hope the Cavs can overcome the handicap they call a coach and make a run in the playoffs, but I'm not seeing it at this point. That being said, Go Cavs!!!

Elmhurst, IL

#12 Apr 8, 2008
I would like to see Mike Brown stay the coach, but he needs some help...either bring in an offensive asst coach, or Danny Ferry can get him some help in the off season by hiring a former NBA coach to consult him and make him better.
As far as DJ goes.. He has played very well this year. He is showing improvement in his defense and ability to drive the ball. His 3 point shooting is top 10. You have to get this guy on the floor. Mike Brown has not shown any improvement in his rotations and game management..either get him help or get another coach. DJ should at least be getting 15-20 min a night.


#13 Apr 8, 2008
I actually used to cringe when Damon would go into a game...but he has picked up his D.....Damon has been a key to a lot of our wins prior to this downturn...Coach Brown..and I use the word "coach" very lossley in this case...needs to find a way to get Damon Jones more playing time. He is the only one that seems to be able to knock down a three pointer besides LeBron...Boobie please get your shooting form back...Wally, stroke it we need your sharp shooting skills...and I do not know what to say about Delonte West..maybe try to warm up the bench for LeBron ..Jo Smith you should be in the game more often to knock down the mid range stuff. And I DO beleive Ben Wallace will step up HUGE in the playoffs...

LeBron I hope your back is better soon because you will need to carry this "team" where ever they end up going...
Go Cavs!!!!
DF saved his job MB sucks

United States

#14 Apr 8, 2008
Mike Brown is the worst coach in the NBA. Most of our players struggle because he does not have any coaching skills or a feel for the game. He coaches every game the same way and never makes any adjustments during games. And I’ve never in my life ever heard a coach say more; that he needs to look at the tape to comment on what happened during games. That tells me the guy is in way over his head and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

The issues I have with Mike Brown and most coaches:
You shouldn’t shrink your rotation to 8 or 9 during the playoffs, because every game is unique and all NBA players have a skill that should be utilized by a good coach.

Damon Jones: he has helped the team win all year long, but because this coach is too stupid to run a zone defense to help Damon on defense. Damon will get buried on the bench even though his shooting would help the team in most games.

Dwayne Jones: could give some hard fouls during the playoffs.

Sasha P: he has size and plays very well with Andy, but Mike Brown is oblivious to this. And never lets these 2 guys play together.

Our team made it to the final last year in spit of Mike Brown. The guy has no imagination or creativity as an NBA head coach. And his coaching system and style sucks. If Lebron played for a top notch NBA coach he would AVG 36-10-10 and shoot 60% from the field. Also he would be picking up his 3rd MVP award this June.


Dayton, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2008
I think Damon Jones need to get a little more time walley need to sit down every game I watch he is the one that is the weak link on defense

Erie, PA

#16 Apr 8, 2008
I spoke with a friend of mine at the arena and one of the unspoken problems the Cavs have and always had is their lack of respect for the Coach.
Unfortunately its obvious when he's mapping out offensive plays, that usually dont work, that the guys are staring into the stands, looking at each other, or just glancing at the play on a casaul basis. The lack of flow to the offense has gotten worse as we get close to the playoffs. Gibson and Vareajo have not played well at all offensively and Gibson and Devon Brown are both big time liabilities defensively. Coach has to get Sasha in there at least defensively. Ironcially besides Lebron he's there best defender. Wallace has had no impact yet and Wally Szerbiak is not a good defender at all. The opposing teams bigger guards have already taken Gibson, Brown and company to the rack with relative ease. I dont envision Devon Brown guarding Rip Hamilton or Tayshon Prince anytime soon. This team has no chemistry plain and simple. If this is Coachs rotation in the playoffs I don't see us competing very well at all. If they play the healthy Washington Wizards in the first round or the 3 point sharpshooters of Toronto, we may be in for a long offseason.

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 8, 2008
Mike Brown really pisses me off sometimes..


#18 Apr 8, 2008
I dont get the Damon Jones thing... Gibson isnt even healthy.

I've defended Mike Brown for years now, but it's time to show you can coach at this level. The team has talent 1-11, now it's time to figure it out. Otherwise, we need someone else to step in and fix this mess. Larry Brown is dying for a job I hear...

Uniontown, OH

#19 Apr 8, 2008
Really you should't worry who is in, no matter what you are gone first round. GO DETROIT!! Last Year was a fluke.

New Berlin, WI

#20 Apr 8, 2008
Hey Brownie, you better wake up!! It seems like you're dreaming again.

Medina, OH

#21 Apr 9, 2008
Well, hey, Jones was shooting good, and idiot Brown can't have that going on. You see, it's JUST defense with Brown, that's why the Cavs stand around on offense like they have to plays.

Madison, NJ

#24 Apr 9, 2008
Several of us for the last three years have been talking about the bad coaching decisions when it comes to player rotation on this team! When Z is hot he sits him, he only plays Jones when he has to play him. He never knows when and where to play Andy. He defaults to defense with his key quote" We need STOPS" "We didn't get enough STOPS".... it erks me to here that when we loss 80-65 and was held to 35% shooting? We all know that you have to have both and a coach has to know when to use both!!! He has know clue on how to use shooters and it shows in the team shooting% and freethrows. If they want a LeBron puppet they got it but I would look for a true coach to make the next step.

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