Mike Brown was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time after finishing with a losing record for the first time in a full National Basketball Association season.
The Cavaliers went 33-49 this season under Brown, who returned to Cleveland just over a year ago after having compiled a 272-138 record with teams led by LeBron James from 2005 through 2010. Brown, fired by the Cavaliers after an upset playoff loss in May 2010, coached the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2012-13 season and was dismissed after five games.
“This is a very tough business,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown.”
After losing 33 of their first 49 games, the Cavaliers named David Griffin as acting general manager and then had a 17-16 record the rest of the way. Griffin yesterday took over as general manager on a fulltime basis, with Gilbert saying he’s the “best person to lead our franchise at this critical time.”
Griffin will head the Cavaliers’ search for a new coach.
Cleveland has a 97-215 record in the four years since James signed with the Miami Heat after the 2009-10 season.