The city of Cleveland has some reason to be optimistic with their football team as the Cleveland Browns recently drafted Johnny Manziel. There is one thing however that has to be said about their basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers may be the worse franchise in the NBA.
After one season Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has decided that he has seen enough of Mike Brown and gave him his walking papers, again.
Cavaliers announce firing of Mike Brown as head coach.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 12, 2014
Brown, went 33-49 during his second stint with the Cavs and did not show enough improvement for Dan Gilbert to keep the defensive-minded coach.
So where does Brown’s firing leave the Cavs now? For one, the Cavs will begin to search for their sixth coach since 2003. Since LeBron James made his decision to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach, the Cavs franchise has struggled. Remember when Gilbert fixed his teeth to say that his Cavs would win a championship before James would? James has not only won two championships since he left Cleveland, but the Cavs have not made the playoffs since. The Cavs also have made history during this time as they went through the longest losing streak in professional sports history at 26.
Gilbert has remained the one constant throughout all of Cavs struggles. Gilbert has not only shamed himself and the NBA at times, but he has shamed a great sports city who deserves to support a winner. Gilbert is someone who does not hold his tongue and it is same attitude that will continue to keep the Cavs in the cellar despite playing in the weaker Eastern Conference. Gilbert will need to change his approach if he expects his Cavs team to compete at a high level.
Gilbert needs to focus on bringing in a coach who he will allow to coach without having to watch over his back worrying about being the next Cavs head coach casualty. They are starting to pile up.