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Some Cavs reportedly not thrilled with Mike Brown

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10:20 AM ET 12.08 | Mike Brown was armed with a four-year contract and given authority to "really coach these guys." That means push them hard, demand defense, bench players when they fail basic assignments. The practices and film sessions have been long and demanding. The accent on defense is not much fun. Furthermore, Brown has been juggling his lineup, looking for a combination that works. Regardless of what they say in public, some of the players have not been thrilled with the approach -- especially when they started losing so early in the season. Just as any front office would want its No. 1 pick in the draft to play a lot, but Brown has been making Anthony Bennett earn his minutes. The no-favorites approach to some of the high draft picks have earned Brown respect from some of the veterans.

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December 8, 2013  10:29 AM ET

The reports should be that ppl arent happen with Irving's erratic shooting and the cavs not playing defense....

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December 8, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Brown is not a terrible coach. No one can help terrible shot selection. Kyrie needs to be benched.

December 8, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Brown is decent when his assistants are drawing up the x's and o's.

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December 8, 2013  11:48 AM ET

Mike Brown should go back to San Antonio and become an assistant coach.

December 8, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Mike Brown should go back to San Antonio and become an assistant coach.

Ghost would love that. He would replace Pop for this great coach Brown.

December 8, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Jason Kidd as the new Cavs head coach. I'm calling it.

December 8, 2013  01:51 PM ET

Playing defense, hard work during practice, benching players when they screw-up, no favorites.. Hmm, sounds like the same thing any good coach would do.

This is Brown's time to prove that he can be a head coach. Not sure if he will be successful, but he seems to be going about it the right way.

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December 8, 2013  02:08 PM ET

Sounds like Cleveland has some young players with a loser's mentality. Any coach who doesn't start with drilling defense is not a great coach, and any player who doesn't buy in is not going to win anything, ever.

December 8, 2013  03:21 PM ET

Scott did not make these guys work at all- the young guys went from one end of the spectrum of a coach when they replaced Scott with Brown- and the players are not used to all this work......

they are barely over a month in though....they will get used to it and be better for it in the long run....and Kyrie will bust out- he is 21 and has all the talent in the world


the Cavs have 2 things going for them that give them a competitive advantage over a majority of the teams in the East-

A. they have Kyrie

B. they have a solid, tough, very good rebounding and defensive frontline in Thompson, Varejao and Bynum

those 2 things- above all others- will take them to the playoffs

December 8, 2013  05:42 PM ET

Brown flopped with the Lakers, so what makes everyone think he is capable of taking a team to ga-ga land??? Whoever had any decision to shock the NBA world by drafting Bennett, needs to take up cricket...

December 8, 2013  08:23 PM ET

I really don't get why a guy can be thought of as a good coach who has shown very few results when he doesn't have the best player on the planet. Anyone can give the ball to LBJ at the top of the key and let him go to work. That's not great coaching. Then he gets canned in LA after a few games. A BIG RED FLAG should be waving there. Already, players are abandoning their support of Brown. I'd be surprised if he makes it through the year.

December 8, 2013  08:25 PM ET
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Brown is not a terrible coach. No one can help terrible shot selection. Kyrie needs to be benched.

Yet. he's averaging over 20 a game. Not many players can say that. His shooting will come around. Are you teh same person who said Waiters was not a viable SG?

December 8, 2013  08:47 PM ET

they wasn't thrilled with him the first time around, why would they this time?

December 8, 2013  08:49 PM ET
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Yet. he's averaging over 20 a game. Not many players can say that. His shooting will come around. Are you teh same person who said Waiters was not a viable SG?

I was the same person that said Waiters MAY be better than Kyrie and they shouldn't jump into Kyrie for a max contract!!!!
I said the same about John Wall contract, a hurried unnecessary one at this time (Beal MY be better long term).

December 8, 2013  08:50 PM ET
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Yet. he's averaging over 20 a game. Not many players can say that. His shooting will come around. Are you teh same person who said Waiters was not a viable SG?

AI averaged 25+ all career with HORRIBLE shots that killed his team's chances most times. smh...

 
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