I know it is old news. I also know that I am pulling a salacious quote from over an hour of audio that Brian Windhorst did with Jason Whitlock on his podcast. Still, it is very interesting for Cavs fans to consider that the Cavs might have been better off keeping their superstar player if they had fired the head coach after his team won 66 games and he was named NBA Coach of the Year.
Windhorst relayed to Jason Whitlock that he’s heard murmurs from LeBron’s camp that LeBron was less-than-pleased with the X’s and O’s that Mike Brown was putting on the board.
“That was the year that Mike Brown won coach of the year,” Windhorst said. “And LeBron was pretty much done with him then.” Windhorst went further still. “Someone really close to LeBron once told me, ‘Ya know if they’d fired Mike Brown one year early, he might still be in Cleveland.'”
Even if you’re a Cavs fan who is tired of LeBron talk, the conversation is fascinating and Windy again relays that he thinks LeBron’s time in Cleveland might not actually be done and highly doubts LeBron will finish his career in Miami.
Just for the record, Sam Amico reported (and was treated very skeptically by us and Windhorst) when he said the Cavs were split on Mike Brown’s future after the Cavs were bounced by Orlando in 2009.