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It’s a ways off, as we’re just starting the conference semifinals. Still, everyone continues to consider the Cavaliers and Warriors the favorites to reach the NBA Finals in June.
If that were to happen … and Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unable to recover in time from his untimely and unfortunate back complications … then no less than lead assistant Mike Brown would lead the Warriors against the defending champions.
And yes, it’s those defending champion Cavaliers who fired Brown. Twice.
Brown was the coach when everything went south for the Cavs, back in 2010, when LeBron James took his talents to Miami. Brown was fired by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in an effort to keep James in Cleveland.
It didn’t work, and then-general manager Danny Ferry, a staunch Brown supporter, was fired soon after.
Brown was brought back then-GM Chris Grant a few seasons later — a move that resulted in the dismissal of Grant, then eventually, Brown again.
Brown was always charged with running an ugly, defense-first, grind-it-out-style that never flew with the players in Cleveland (or LA, for that matter).
Now, he could be in charge of the Warriors for the rest of the year.
“My whole deal is I’m going to coach the team until Bob [Myers] and Steve tell me otherwise,” Brown told reporters. “I’m not putting a timetable on it, just taking it one day at a time. The reality of it is, Steve and I talk a couple times a day.”
In other words, if Kerr can’t return, he’ll still be running the show. As ugly as Brown may want to play, the Warriors will still be a team based on Kerr’s principles of beautiful basketball and finding the open man.
But imagine, if you will, the following:
Mike Brown. Against LeBron and the Cavs. What a story it would surely be.