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MMPG: Coach of the Year

Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Well, if nobody else will applaud me, I will. (AP Photo)

It's easy to look at the Cleveland Cavaliers' record and assume that they had an adversity-free season, but that would be a huge mistake. The Cavaliers withstood serious injuries to their starting center (Zydrunas Ilgauskas), starting point guard (Delonte West) and starting power forward (Ben Wallace), and still managed to finish with a franchise-best 66 wins. Mike Brown has always been a defensive-minded disciple of Gregg Popovich, and that translated to the Cavaliers leading the league in opponents points per game and tied for first in opponents field goal percentage. But Brown also decided to loosen the reins on the offense and allowed assistant John Kuester to call more plays, which resulted in the Cavaliers averaging 100 points for the first time since he took over.

Others in consideration: Stan Van Gundy, Orlando Magic; Rick Adelman, Houston Rockets; George Karl, Denver Nuggets

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2009; 11:16 AM ET
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Chuckle. Should be an interesting thread.

Posted by: dabing | April 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Rick Adelman. He got more out of less than any coach of a playoff team. He dealt with major injuries to major players and not only muddled through but prospered. He managed to get through an entire season without a Ron Artest brain eruption, and he was flexible and adaptable enough to maintain and adapt to the Rockets defensive identity even though he's always been pegged as an offensive coach.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 15, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I got to go with George Karl taking a bunch of journeyman too play at high level and getting J.R Smith too know his role as the sixth man.

Posted by: jeremydvid | April 15, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

He had the MVP of the league, and allowed the assistant coaches to do more. Not sure how that equates to Coach of the Year.

Posted by: tuckerdan | April 15, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Rick Adelman hands down he's gotten two players Artest and Alston to play within the teams offensive and defensive concept and they don't seem to miss Tracy McGrady, at least not yet. Mike Brown? No! I've always thought Mike Brown was a lightweight when it comes to X'S and O's. Hey Mike Lee any word on where EJ may end up?

Posted by: dargregmag | April 15, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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