Cavs, Mike Brown Part Ways

One man is sure to be absent from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench next season, thankfully for the team, his name is not LeBron James. The Cavs fired coach Mike Brown on Monday, ending a five-year relationship that saw Cleveland make it to the playoffs each year but without a title.

Brown, who won Coach of the Year in 2009, will go out as the Cavaliers’ most successful mentor in team history. He helped bring the Cavs to the 2007 NBA Finals, where Cleveland was swept by the San Antonio Spurs. However, Brown’s achievements were overshadowed by the Cavaliers’ failure to win a championship despite having arguably the best player in the league right now in James. The Cavs were booted out of the playoffs early in the last two seasons despite a combined 127 wins during that time.

Team owner Dan Gilbert said the decision to fire Brown was “one of those times” when the team must take risks to “break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment.”