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Mike Brown (born March 5, 1970 in Columbus, Ohiomarker) is an American basketball coach. He is the head coach of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers since June 2, 2005. After learning the game under Gregg Popovich, Brown is widely regarded as a defensive specialist. He turned the Cavaliers into one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and guided them into the 2007 NBA Finals. Mike Brown was honored as NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to 66 wins in 2009.

Early years

Brown was born in Columbus, Ohiomarker, but spent parts of his childhood overseas. He graduated from Würzburg American High School in Würzburgmarker, Germany in 1988, where he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. After studying and playing basketball at Mesa Community Collegemarker for two years, Brown went on to the University of San Diego, where he played two seasons for the Toreros and graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in business.

NBA career

In 2000, Brown was hired by Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. While with the Spurs, Brown's teams won at least 58 games each season. He also was the head coach for the Spurs' summer league teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. After winning a championship with San Antonio in 2003, Brown was hired as associate head coach to Rick Carlisle with the Indiana Pacers. He helped lead Indiana to consecutive playoff appearances including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.

Mike Brown's record as an assistant coach is 341–201, or 0.629.

In June 2005, Brown got his first head coaching stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, replacing Brendan Malone, becoming the second youngest coach in the league, with only Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets younger than him.

On June 2, 2007, Brown's Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in the history of the franchise. There they lost in four games to the San Antonio Spurs.

On February 1, 2008, Brown was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January 2008.

In 2009, Brown was named coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team, making him the second coach in Cavaliers history to coach the All-Star team, joining Lenny Wilkens who coached the East team back in 1989.

On April 20, 2009, Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Cavaliers to a franchise best 66-16 record.

Coaching record

CLE
2005–06
82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 13 7 6
Lost in Conf. Semifinals 4-3 to Detroit Pistons
CLE
2006–07
82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 20 12 8
Lost in NBA Finals 4-0 to San Antonio Spurs
CLE
2007–08
82 45 37 .549 2nd in Central 13 7 6
Lost in Conf. Semifinals 4-3 to Boston Celtics
CLE
2008–09
82 66 16 .805 1st in Central 14 10 4
Lost in Conf. Finals 4-2 to Orlando Magic
Career
328 211 117 .643 56 36 24

References

  1. NBA.com: Cavaliers Name Mike Brown Head Coach
  2. NBA.com, Mike Brown
  3. Mike Brown, Byron Scott Named Coaches of the Month, NBA.com, February 1, 2008.



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