Cavs coach lives in James' shadow | The Columbus Dispatch

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For his first head-coaching job, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brown inherited LeBron James, perhaps the best basketball player of all time.
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ratherbebikin

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May 6, 2010
 
Everyone lives in James' shadow.
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May 6, 2010
 

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Mike Brown proves every year in the playoffs why he is one of the worst coaches in the NBA. His lack of creativity on offense and attacking the other teams weakness seem to be his strengths. If he didn't have James he would be an assistant on another teams bench. If the Cavs had been serious about winning a championship they would have gone after a legit coach that could actually demand respect and dictate what goes on out on the court. James and coach Jent do more actual coaching then Brown does.
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May 6, 2010
 
Coach Brown isn't using all the great players Danny Ferry brought in to win the championship this year. It was pretty sickening in the 3rd quarter to watch Mo, D-West and LBJ trying to dribble into the key when Boston had 4 or 4 players packed in there daring the Cavs to beat them shooting from the outside. When Mo and D-West were both out the Cavs went 13 and 1 playing some of their best ball which featured great passing and movement without the ball to the extent opponents seemed bewildered as to where the attack would come from next. If Boston packs into the paint on D, Gibson is the best Cav to shoot the lights out until they have to come out and defend, but Mike Brown has his 7 man rotation ideas and is highly likely to keep handing games to opponents until once again the Cavs season will end with a loss. J-Moon, Z, and J. Williams could also help make the Celtics have to defend more of the floor, but Mike Brown has to make himself more important than anyone with his odd stubborn rotation ideas. Every playoff season, same old, same old...
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I need to make a correction:

Under Brown, Cavs are the only NBA team to make at least the second round of the playoffs in each of the past 4 seasons.

They are NOT the first team to ever do that.
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I've given Mike Browns a lot of credit for getting people to accept their roles but this year I have to say that I'm finally on the same page with the Mike Brown haters.

Against the Celtics, Cleveland has an advantage with depth and youth. I feel like the best thing for the Cavs to do is run the floor and wear Boston out. This can be done by limiting Shaq's minutes and using a rotation of Hickson, Varejao, Jamison and Jawad Williams at the 4 and 5 spots to speed things up.

I also can't figure out why Rondo isn't better acquainted with the floor. He should be fouled more often. Also, trapping him outside the arc and forcing an early pass is much better than letting him penetrate to the the free throw line and kick the ball out.

Speaking of fouls, Shaq's got 5 to give and they would be best used on KG. Instead of letting him work toward the hoop for a jump hook, I'd like to see him in the front row shortly after he gets the ball. Let him earn his points one at a time.

Brown's got to turn up the toughness in this series. The Cavs should be able to out last the aged Celtics in a brutal slug fest. Let's turn that on.

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May 6, 2010
 
SVC wrote:
I've given Mike Browns a lot of credit for getting people to accept their roles but this year I have to say that I'm finally on the same page with the Mike Brown haters.
Against the Celtics, Cleveland has an advantage with depth and youth. I feel like the best thing for the Cavs to do is run the floor and wear Boston out. This can be done by limiting Shaq's minutes and using a rotation of Hickson, Varejao, Jamison and Jawad Williams at the 4 and 5 spots to speed things up.
I also can't figure out why Rondo isn't better acquainted with the floor. He should be fouled more often. Also, trapping him outside the arc and forcing an early pass is much better than letting him penetrate to the the free throw line and kick the ball out.
Speaking of fouls, Shaq's got 5 to give and they would be best used on KG. Instead of letting him work toward the hoop for a jump hook, I'd like to see him in the front row shortly after he gets the ball. Let him earn his points one at a time.
Brown's got to turn up the toughness in this series. The Cavs should be able to out last the aged Celtics in a brutal slug fest. Let's turn that on.
I'm not a Mike Brown hater, but the rest of your post makes a lot of sense. Run em ragged!
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May 6, 2010
 
Mr. Potato Head needs to go. I like the Defense, but with all the depth & talent, this shouldn't even be a series.
MTTA Pio

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May 6, 2010
 
Mike Brown is blowing Cleveland's only real shot at a title. If they don't win it all, he's got to go!
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May 6, 2010
 
I didnt read one word of the article, but my feeling is that he is a puppet. I have never met him but he seems borderline idiotic. I think the Cavs would improve greatly by resigning Lebron (of course), for once getting a proven sidekick to go along with all the average players they have, and getting a good basketball coach and not a yes man.

I dont think I have written anything that blows peoples minds. I imagine this is what most borderline intelligent people think.
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May 6, 2010
 
Pathetic wrote:
Mike Brown proves every year in the playoffs why he is one of the worst coaches in the NBA. His lack of creativity on offense and attacking the other teams weakness seem to be his strengths. If he didn't have James he would be an assistant on another teams bench. If the Cavs had been serious about winning a championship they would have gone after a legit coach that could actually demand respect and dictate what goes on out on the court. James and coach Jent do more actual coaching then Brown does.
Yes, yes, and more yes. This is also what I was trying to say. I dont think Mike Brown would be a successful college head coach. What are his qualifications? " yes, Lebron, you are right Lebron. Just do something Lebron, score Lebron. Were friends right Lebron?"
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May 7, 2010
 
You all seem a little ignorant on greatness. Having Mike Brown as a coach benefits Lebron more in the long run than anything. If and when they win a championship, Mike Brown's career and recognition will go up, and Lebron will be credited for it. If he gets a proven coach, people will say it was that coach (case in point Kobe and Phil Jackson, would Kobe have went this far w/o Phil? I don't think so). They both have an opportunity to grow and develop and feel out what works best for them. Plus, whats all this getting a proven star. Jordan made a star for himself in Scottie Pippen, he didnt just get one. Gee whiz, whatever happened to making players better and creating greatness. This is why I didnt like them getting Shaq. Get an athletic, disciplined individual from college or high school or overseas, and mold him. JJ Hickson is perfect for Lebron to make a star into. All this talk about trading him for Stoudamire is retarded. Hickson is Lebron's star, he would fit for Lebron.

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