What’s the Next Move Dan?
“It’s a mess, ain’t it?“
“If it ain’t, it will do until the mess gets here.“
Now that Dan Gilbert has taken the easy path and fired Mike Brown, sacrificing him to appease the hoople heads, we’re left hoping that the next mess doesn’t arrive.
Now Gilbert has to find the answer to the question: who are you going to hire? And if he can’t find someone who will produce better results than Brown, then what was the point, exactly? Brown was not only the most successful coach in franchise history, he was the sixth winningest coach in NBA history, percentage wise.
Read that sentence again. Only five other coaches in NBA history have had a better winning percentage than Brown. Think that will be easy to replace?
Brian Windhorst ran down a list of possible replacements in today’s PD: Other than Phil Jackson, who’s not coming to Cleveland, the list shouldn’t inspire confidence or excitement among the fan base. Consider the “accomplishments” of some of the names on that list:
- Byron Scott, .498 winning percentage, only eight playoff wins in his last seven years as coach.
- Dwayne Casey, .434, no playoff wins.
- Maurice Cheeks, .498, five playoff wins.
- Lawrence Frank, .483, no playoff wins in his last three years as coach.
- Mike Fratello (please, no), 20-42 career playoff record, only two playoff wins in his last 10 years as a coach.
- Sam Mitchell, .452, three playoff wins.
- Terry Porter, .460, one playoff win.
You really want one of them running the team for the next three years – because, let’s face it, that’s about how long one of them would last if they were hired. Is there anyone on this list that gives fans any reason to hope that they will be the ones to lead the team to a championship?
And let’s not even go down the road that would end in disaster if the Cavs hired a college coach.
But I guess it’s not all bad. We still have Manny Acta (.385 career winning percentage) and Eric Mangini (.438) in the Cleveland coaching fraternity. That will put an extra hop in your step.
So now the search is on and Dan Gilbert faces the latest in a seemingly never-ending list of “most important decisions” facing the franchise.
“The expectations of this organization are very high,” Gilbert said Monday in published reports. “Although change always carries an element of risk, there are times when that risk must be taken in an attempt to break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment. This is one of those times.”
We have to all hope that Gilbert is correct. Who knows, maybe he is the owner that can break the championship drought that has hung over Cleveland for almost 46 years.
If not, there’s no telling what kind of mess the Cavs will find themselves in.