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Friday, January 4, 2008

Could the Cavs Fire Mike Brown?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2008 at 1:15 PM

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Chris Sheridan's odds on Mike Brown getting the boot: 12:1.
In his most recent column, ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan handicaps the odds that various NBA coaches will be fired, and Cavs coach Mike Brown hovers near the top of the list. Sheridan calls the Knicks' Isiah Thomas the "favorite" to lose his job, putting the odds on Thomas's firing at 1-1, slightly worse than the odds that a band of angry fans steals some T-shirt launchers during halftime and pummels Thomas into resigning. (Click 'More' to read on ...) Former Cavs mastermind Randy Wittman, currently dropping his genius on the lowly T-Wolves, is a "contender," Sheridan writes, with 8-1 odds he'll be whacked by season's end. Then comes Brown. Sheridan writes:
When you put a few factors together -- he did not receive a contract extension after leading the team to the NBA Finals last season; he is one of the league's five lowest-paid coaches; his authority was publicly challenged by Damon Jones and Ira Newble when they refused to report in for the final minute last week -- he is one lukewarm statement from LeBron James or Dan Gilbert away from being a lame duck -- you can see how he'd make an easy fall guy should the Cavs' slow start extend into the third and fourth months of the season. Odds: 12-1
He makes some good points. Then again, it's hard to blame a guy for his team sucking if his team kinda sucks. The problem, see, isn't that Jones and Newble refused to go into a game. It's that they were asked to go into a game. It's that they were still on the roster and available to go into a game. And to blame someone for that, one has to take one step higher on the corporate ladder, doesn't he? -- Joe P. Tone

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