Mike Brown has always professed to wanting to get better as a head coach.
Today, the NBA recognized him as being the best.
The Cleveland Cavaliers coach was named the league’s coach of the year. He received 55 of the 122 first-place votes and a total of 355 points.
Some may say it’s easy to get this honor when a coach has one, LeBron James, and two, the NBA’s best record. It’s not as if that’s not true, but at the same time, Brown has evolved as a coach.
The thing I like about him is he has cultivated his own style. He’s taken bits and pieces from guys he’s worked under and made it work for him. He trusts his staff maybe more than some coaches, but it’s working for him.
After Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, I said in a column Brown would never get credit if Cleveland wins an NBA title, but will forever be blamed if the Cavaliers don’t win one with James on the team.
If Cleveland falls short of winning a title this year, Brown shouldn’t have to shoulder all the blame and if the Cavaliers win it all, he should be showered with praise.