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“[Mike] Brown apparently decided to stop short of directly thanking any players, including LeBron James. Repeatedly during his tenure Brown said he was thankful that James “allows me to coach him,” a reference to the professional relationship the two enjoyed for many years.
However, that relationship seemed to erode during the playoffs, when James publicly disagreed with his coach’s motivation methods and in-game decisions. Behind the scenes, sources said James and Brown differed on game plan choices against both the Bulls and Celtics.
No matter what, Brown will be moving away from Cleveland’s west side, where he became a part of the community and formed many friendships.” [Brian Windhorst]