By Kenny Roda | ESPNCleveland.com
The Cavaliers have decided that their former head coach is the best guy to be their new head coach, announcing this morning that 43-year- old Mike Brown is coming back to C’Town.
Brown who coached the Cavs from 2005-2010 has agreed on a reported five year deal worth $20 million.
The fifth and final year of the contract has a reported buyout clause. This is Brown’s third head coaching job in the NBA with previous stops in Cleveland and LA.
"I am more than excited about Mike Brown's return to the Cleveland Cavaliers," Gilbert said in a release. "Mike has done nothing but win in this league since he was a first-year assistant many years ago. He is going to instill a much-needed defensive-first philosophy in our young and talented team that is going to serve as our foundation and identity as we continue down the path of building the kind of franchise that competes at a championship level for many years to come."
Brown led the Cavaliers to their only appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007 and was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2009. His Cavalier squads ranked among the best defensive teams in the NBA during his tenure.
Brown owns a career regular season record of 314-167 for a winning percentage of .653. His teams have never failed to advance to at least the second round of the playoffs and he has a post-season mark of 47-36, a .566 winning percentage.
However, Brown ranks first in Cavaliers history in regular season winning percentage (.663), post-season wins (42) and post-season winning percentage (.592)
But after failing to make it to the NBA Finals in 2009 and 2010 after winning a combined 127 games in the regular season, including a franchise best 66 wins in 2009, Brown was fired by Dan Gilbert on May 24, 2010 after the Cavs lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals and he was replaced by Byron Scott.
Brown took a year off from coaching and then was named as the surprise head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2011-12 season. LA made the playoffs in his first year, but lost in the conference semis and after starting 1-4 during the 2012-13 season, Brown was fired by the Lakers and replaced by Mike D’Antoni.
“Mike is an excellent head coach and a proven winner." Cavs G.M. Chris Grant said. "He has a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed as a team and that will be integral to helping us reach our full potential. We are fortunate to have Mike back and I look forward to him leading our team to a very successful future.”
Brown becomes the 20th head coach in franchise history and the second coach, along with Bill Musselman, to return for a second go-‘round with the Cavaliers. “I am thrilled to return to Cleveland to coach the Cavaliers." Browns said. "The commitment ownership and management have shown in their efforts to build a successful team and organization is deep and I am excited to lead the team forward. Nothing would mean more to me and my family than to help bring success to this very special community and to all of our committed and loyal fans.”
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