The prophecy made by Pete Townshend over 40-years-ago, may come to fruition in Cleveland on Wednesday; as the Cleveland Cavaliers could announce “Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss.” It appears that novelist Thomas Wolfe was incorrect when he wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again,” according to a report from Cleveland sports-talk radio station “92.3 The Fan” on Tuesday. The All-Sports FM radio station has reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement in principle to bring back former bench boss Mike Brown, to lead the team on the floor once again; three years after being dismissed by the club.
The reunification could be announced as early as Wednesday, with the Cavaliers signing their former coach to what could be a five-year pact valued at $20 million over the life of the contract. Brown would ironically replace the man who took over for him back in 2010, as the Cavaliers dismissed former head coach Byron Scott last week after piloting the squad to three consecutive losing campaigns.
There have been many members of the media (including this member,) who believed a panic move by the squad’s majority owner Dan Gilbert, in a misguided effort to try to appease former Cleveland All-Star forward LeBron James and keep him as a member of the franchise caused Brown’s termination. The apparent kowtowing to the forward, of course was unsuccessful, as James decided to take his talents to South Beach, leaving a void on the floor and big shoes to fill on the bench; trying to replace a man who had helped the club to the best record in the regular season his last two-years at the helm.
The Cavaliers went into the Playoffs in 2009 and 2010 as the odd-on favorites to win the NBA Finals, but fell short of reaching “The Show” both seasons. Although there was talk that James blamed his bench boss for the early exits; a strong case could be made that it was the reigning NBA MVP, who was the real factor behind the lack of success. James could not get the job done against the Orlando Magic in 2009 and seemed to implode facing the Boston Celtics the following spring. Although deep down, he most likely knew the blame fell on his shoulders, it was far easier to ride the wave of sentiment that Brown was behind the failure.
Mike Brown is not a perfect coach; he has yet to reach the level of today’s “Gold Standard” in the NBA, where Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers reside. Gilbert and General Manager Chris Grant should make it a requirement that Brown hire an offensive coordinator for his staff; something that Brown was not forced to do in his first tour of duty with the Cavaliers. But with Gilbert and Grant preaching that they want to adopt a defensive mind-set for the franchise; Brown is the perfect choice.
“Chicks Dig The Trey,” but it is in your shirt defense, that wins titles. Looks like Karma may restore the proper order of things once again in Cleveland this week, for the Cavaliers and Mike Brown.