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Mike Brown returned to the Cavaliers as the team’s 19th head coach in franchise history on April 24, 2013. Brown most recently coached the Los Angeles Lakers and was head coach of the Cavaliers from 2005-2010. He has a career head coaching record of 314-167 (.652) which is the sixth-highest winning percentage in NBA history among coaches with at least 400 games coached.
Brown has won at least one playoff series every full season he has been a head coach in the NBA. Among head coaches who have coached in the NBA at least five years, Brown, Phil Jackson and Erik Spoelstra are the only coaches who have never missed the playoffs in their entire coaching career. Brown is also the only head coach in NBA history to win the first round of the playoffs every full year of his head coaching career (coached five years or longer).
In his first season at the helm with the Lakers in 2011-12, Brown led the team to a 41-25 (.621) lockout shortened record that saw Los Angeles finish atop the Pacific Division as they advanced to the second round of the 2012 Playoffs. He joined the Lakers after previously serving as an NBA analyst for ESPN in 2010-11.
The seven-year NBA veteran head coach has the best winning percentage of any coach in the Cavs’ 43-year history. In five seasons with the Cavs, he has compiled a regular season record of 272-138 (.663). The Cavs have posted at least 45 wins in each season he has coached, the first and only time that Cleveland reached that mark in five straight seasons (2005-2010).
Brown was named the 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year by members of the media and has compiled a postseason record with the Cavs of 42-29 (.592). He led the team to at least the second round of the postseason in each of his five seasons, including Cleveland’s first ever trip to the NBA Finals in 2007.
Brown also earned Coach of the Month honors three times during the 2008-09 season (December, February and March) and, along with his coaching staff, earned the opportunity to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the NBA’s top young coaches, Brown also led the Cavaliers to becoming only the 12th team in NBA history to have 66 wins, a franchise high. Brown was the fourth youngest coach in NBA history to win 60 games.
In 2009-10, Brown again led the Cavs over the 60-win plateau, spearheading Cleveland to the best overall record (61-21) and top home record (35-6) in back-to-back seasons. With at least 60 wins in consecutive seasons, the Cavs became only the ninth different franchise (18th time) to accomplish that feat.
After posting a 50-32 record in 2005-06, which was the most wins as a first-year head coach in team history, Brown became the first rookie head coach since the 2001-02 season to post 50 wins in a season. Brown followed that up with another 50-win season (50-32) in his second year, 45 wins (45-37) in his third year, 66 wins (66-16) in his fourth year and 61 wins during season number five.
Between 2005 and 2010, Cleveland under Brown was the only team to have reached at least the second round of the playoffs in each of those seasons and one of just five teams in the NBA that qualified for the playoffs during that stretch. In those five playoff appearances, Brown’s 42-29 (.592) postseason record with the Cavs was the third-best playoff winning percentage in the NBA over that span behind only the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, and his 8-5 (.615) mark in playoff series makes him the winningest playoff head coach in team history. It was also the first and only time in franchise history that the team had a winning record in five consecutive postseasons.
During his first playoff run as head coach, Brown led Cleveland to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2006 Playoffs and became the first coach in franchise history to lead his team to a playoff series win in his first season by defeating Washington, 4-2, in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the 2007 Playoffs, Brown led the Cavaliers to their first Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the NBA Finals after Cleveland knocked off the Pistons, 4-2, in the Eastern Conference Finals. He guided the Cavaliers to their first series sweep in the first round versus Washington and then led Cleveland to a 4-2 win in the conference semifinals against New Jersey. In the 2008 Playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards, 4-2, before taking the eventual NBA Champion Boston Celtics to a seven-game series.
In the 2009 playoffs, the team swept the first two rounds, over the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, for the first time in franchise history. The team finished the postseason at 10-4 (.714), which is the best record based on winning percentage in franchise history and the second-highest number of wins in a postseason, trailing only the 2007 playoffs when the team went 12-8 (.600).
Brown joined the Cavaliers after spending two seasons as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers and three seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. His career record as an assistant coach was 341-201 (.629) and he won a division title with Indiana in 2003-04 after three straight division titles with San Antonio. He helped lead Indiana to consecutive playoff appearances including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004. He was also on the bench for the Spurs during their 2003 World Championship season. 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.
Brown spent three years with the Washington Wizards’ staff beginning in 1997, spending the first two years as an assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff and his final year as the team’s professional scout.
The 43-year-old (born March 5, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio) began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1992, where he spent five seasons, first as the team’s video coordinator and then as a scout.
He participated in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program in Johannesburg, South Africa in the summer of 2006. Mike and his wife, Carolyn, are actively involved in the Cavaliers’ community relations initiatives including “Domestic Violence Center,” “Cleveland Municipal School District,” “Cleveland Christian Home” and “Shoes & Clothes for Kids”.
Brown is a 1992 graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree in business. He played basketball for two seasons at USD after spending two years at Mesa Community College. He attended high school in Germany at Wurzburg American High School. He and Carolyn have two sons, Elijah and Cameron.