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Mike Brown

Coaching at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Born March 5, 1970 (1970-03-05) (age 40)
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Occupation NBA head coach
Employer Cleveland Cavaliers
Title 2009 NBA Coach of the Year
Predecessor Brendan Malone

Mike Brown (born March 5, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American basketball coach. He is the head coach of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers since June 2, 2005.[1] 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, Ohio, but spent parts of his childhood overseas. He graduated from Würzburg American High School in Würzburg, Germany in 1988, where he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. After studying and playing basketball at Mesa Community College 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. He began his career in 1992 with the Denver Nuggets where he spent five seasons as the team’s scout and video coordinator.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

In 2009, Brown was named coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team,[4] 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.[4]

Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
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
CLE 2009–10 68 53 15 .779 1st in Central - - - -
Career 396 264 132 .667 60 36 24


Preceded by
Brendan Malone
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach
Succeeded by


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