After being fired from the role in 2010, following the Cleveland Cavaliers loss in the Eastern Conference semi finals, Mike Brown has been tentatively reinstated as head coach of the team following the firing of Byron Scott late last week. Lasting only 5 games with the Lakers in 2012/13, going 1-4, Brown was let go by the team leaving him open to further coaching opportunities. His record with the Cavaliers was very impressive taking the team to a 272-138 record in his first five seasons in the hot seat and this no doubt played into his hands as Cavs owner Dan Gilbert again exercised his intentions to re-hire Brown. It is unclear of what the impending deal’s parameters are in terms of longevity and payment, but we do know Brown will be charged with the task of leading this under-performing, yet talent-filled team back to relevancy. Brown was fired by the Lakers while still being owed in excess of $6 million, and has been on their payroll ever since. Many are speculating that this signing of Brown by another club will help the Lakers offset the money still owed to him and allow them a considerable amount of financial leg room when it comes to paying their coaches. Current coach Mike D’Antoni is owed a touch over $12 million by the Lakers, and should they decide to part ways with him (something the Lakers have stated would not happen), they would have more money to spend elsewhere. Only time will tell when it comes to the Lakers intentions, but for now it seems as though Mike Brown will attempt to pick up where he left off with his Cavaliers.
As reported late last week, the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Byron Scott following the culmination of what would be considered by the club and its fans a rather humiliating, disappointing season. The Cavs have been on a steady decline since the infamous departure of superstar LeBron James in early 2011, and have made every effort to get back to the playoffs by drafting young rookie star Kyrie Irving and re-building what many believe can be a competitive team going forward. This has not been the case recently, and the Cavs finished the 2012/13 season with a lowly 24-58 win/loss record, missing the playoffs and sparking the firing of Scott.
2012-13 NBA Punters Preview – Team Totals, MVP’s and Rookies.
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In news this morning it became official that Cavaliers utility Antawn Jamison has signed on with the Lakers for the 2012/13 season on a veteran’s minimum 1 year deal. Jamison could have signed elsewhere for more money, but instead decided he only wanted to play for a contender. Last season at the Cavs he averaged 17PPG and 6 rebounds per game and was a solid force for Cleveland. He will be an asset to the Lakers bench who last season registered a league low 20PPG collectively, and mostly on the back of Matt Barnes who is now an unrestricted free agent. This pick up should help bolster the bench’s production and fill the void left by Lamar Odom at the start of last season, whilst providing good back up in the forwards for Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. The Lakers continue to hunt Dwight Howard, but it is also good to see them addressing the issues that plagued them last season such as the bench, and a championship quality point guard.