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Mike Brown (basketball, born 1970) : biography

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Michael “Mike” Brown (born March 5, 1970) is an American basketball head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also coached the Los Angeles Lakers, and is widely regarded as a defensive specialist.

He began coaching the Cavaliers in 2005 and turned the Cavaliers into one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and guided them into the 2007 NBA Finals. Brown was honored as NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Cavaliers to a team record and league best 66 wins in 2009, and 61 wins, again a league best, in 2010. However, after losses to both the Orlando Magic in the conference finals in 2009 and the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semifinals, he was fired after failing to win an NBA title with the Cavaliers. He succeeded Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers in 2011 before being fired after the start of the following season. He rejoined the Cavaliers in 2013.

Head coaching record

|- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |82||50||32||.610|| style="text-align:center;"|2nd in Central||13||7||6||.538 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in Conf. Semifinals |- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |82||50||32||.610|| style="text-align:center;"|2nd in Central||20||12||8||.600 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in NBA Finals |- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |82||45||37||.549|| style="text-align:center;"|2nd in Central||13||7||6||.538 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in Conf. Semifinals |- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |82||66||16||.805|| style="text-align:center;"|1st in Central||14||10||4||.714 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in Conf. Finals |- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |82||61||21||.744|| style="text-align:center;"|1st in Central||11||6||5||.545 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in Conf. Semifinals |- | style="text-align:left;"|LAL | style="text-align:left;"| |66||41||25||.621|| style="text-align:center;"|1st in Pacific||12||5||7||.417 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in Conf. Semifinals |- | style="text-align:left;"|LAL | style="text-align:left;"| |5||1||4||.200|| style="text-align:center;"|(fired)||—||—||—||—||align="center" |— |- | style="text-align:left;"|CLE | style="text-align:left;"| |0||0||0||.000|| style="text-align:center;"|TBD in Central||—||—||—||— | align="center" |— |- class="sortbottom" | style="text-align:left;"|Career | ||481||314||167||.653|| ||83||47||36||.566||

Professional career

Video and scouting

He began his career in 1992 as an unpaid video intern with the Denver Nuggets, and eventually spent five seasons with the team as a scout and video coordinator.

Assistant coach

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 assistant 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.

Brown's record as an assistant coach is 341–201 (.629).

Cleveland Cavaliers

In June 2005, Brown got his first head coaching job 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.

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. However, they were swept in four games to his former team, San Antonio Spurs.

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