Brown gets reprieve with Cavs
The Cavaliers are bringing back the most successful coach they've ever had.
Cleveland officially re-hired Mike Brown on Wednesday, bringing back a coach who guided them to five straight playoff appearances and their only trip to the NBA Finals before he was fired following the 2010 season.
Brown agreed in principle to the contract on Tuesday. The sides finalized a deal which brings in the 43-year-old to coach a young team with an All-Star player and plenty of room for improvement -- a similar situation to the one Brown inherited in 2005.
Brown is again working for owner Dan Gilbert, who fired him following the 2010 playoffs mostly to try and please LeBron James and keep him from leaving Cleveland as a free agent. James ended up bolting for Miami anyway, foiling Gilbert's plan and leaving them without a coach whose .652 winning percentage is the sixth highest in history among coaches with at least 400 games.
Brown will replace Byron Scott, the man who replaced him three years ago.
Defensive award: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after anchoring the league's stingiest defense.
Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes to edge Miami's LeBron James, who had 149 points and 18 first-place votes.
The 7-foot-1 Spaniard averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals.