The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the NBA‘s best defensive teams during Mike Brown’s last managerial stint, and when coach Byron Scott was let go from his coaching duty, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert brought Brown back and stated the ‘defensive first’ attitude was the key reason behind his change of heart. During the preparation for the season, and through large parts of the season, all the media have heard is about how hard the Cavaliers have and will continue to work on their defensive ability. If this is the case, why are the Cavaliers struggling defensively, and does coach Brown have the knowledge they thought he had?
During his first spell in charge there was two different aspects that need to be considered. Firstly, elite player LeBron James was on their roster, and he’s always been good enough to make himself, his fellow players and the team overall appear a lot better than they perhaps are. Secondly, the Cavaliers had a ton of less talented players, but they were ones with experience. This time around they have a very young roster, with more ability, but one that appears to crumble defensively under pressure.
The Cavaliers do not know whether they’re coming or going this season, as it seems like it’s one step forward and one backwards. The Cavaliers must find a bigger defensive effort and presence in order to win more games. They fell apart and allowed the Phoenix Suns to come back from an 18-point deficit in Sunday’s home encounter. The Suns then went on to win 99-90. That isn’t good enough for any NBA team in any game, but most certainly not at home. There’s still a long way to go, but is Mike Brown the right man to lead the team in to the future if he hasn’t quite got the defensive expertise the world thought he had?