Following his firing from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the free agent head coach will take some time off before searching for a new job:
Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown plans on taking next season off and doesn’t plan on pursuing any coaching opening right now, a source said
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 15, 2014
Based on all things that has transpired regarding Mike Brown, it’s safe to say that it’s been a rough last two years for the head coach. The unjust firing from the Los Angeles Lakers freed him as expectations buried him, only to fall victim to a similar situation in Cleveland. Had the Cavaliers not undergone a new regiment in the front office, Brown would likely still have a job, but as David Griffin was awarded the position, he made it known that he wanted to find his own guys to bring to the team making Brown a victim.
It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for Brown. Surely enough he’d love to be coaching instead of at home for a year, but, even in his absence, he’ll be monetarily set regardless of what he does. By being fired by the Lakers and Cavaliers, those teams are forced to continue paying Brown. Basically, Brown is will be getting his Gilbert Arenas on until he’s tired of watching and wants to return to the league.
And for those who don’t think there’s a position out there for Brown, think again. As a head coach his days may be up, but he’s perfectly suited to be an assistant coach, leading and teaching on the defensive side of things. That’s always been his thing, dating back to his first tenure in Cleveland when he and Lebron were paired up. Offensively? It was a bit of a mess, especially in the postseason, but defensively, that was one of the better teams in the league on that end thanks to Brown’s schemes and proper use of personnel.
So don’t let Brown slip your mind. He’ll be back. Maybe not as a head coach, but he’ll be back. Until then he can clear his mind and count the handful of checks he’ll be receiving during his “vacation”.