Cavaliers coaching search: Mike Brown pursued by Cleveland, according to report

Kevin C. Cox

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in rehiring former head coach Mike Brown, and they may pursue a deal with Brown in the near future.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has said he would "definitely listen" if the team called him about the open head coaching job. Now it appears the Cavaliers are interested in rehiring Brown and perhaps moving quickly to make it happen, according a report by Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.

Brown amassed the highest winning percentage of any head coach in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history during his five years with the team, and Boyer says a "longtime NBA insider" told Boyer that the Cavaliers "may move quickly for fear that other NBA teams will court Brown."

General manager Chris Grant fired Byron Scott earlier in the week, in part due to deterioration on the defensive end of the floor over his three-year stint with the team. Brown is known as a defensive specialist, and Cavaliers blog Fear the Sword notes that he fits many of the qualifications laid out for candidates by Grant:

...having seen Chris Grant's press conference this afternoon, a lot of the qualities that he's looking for in a coach clearly fit Brown to a tee. Strong defensive scheme? Check. Proven success? Check. Grinder and a worker (whatever that means)? Sure, Brown always seemed like he worked hard at his job. Another thing to keep in mind is that Grant and Brown played together at the University of San Diego, so they do have a relationship beyond professionally.

LeBron James called Brown a "great coach" and endorsed the hiring by the Lakers in the summer of 2011. Brown was dismissed from his post in L.A. five games into his second season with the team, but even at that time LeBron came to the defense of his former coach and said that the Lakers didn't give Brown "a fair shake."

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