Everyone knows the firing of Mike Brown is coming. Debate whether it is warranted or not all you want, the finality of it has never really been in doubt. It was just a matter of timing.
According to NBA.com’s Sam Amico the axe could fall as early as Friday and will happen by Sunday.
That fits within the 7 to 10 day time frame that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert set for making a decision when he talked to the media last Friday. Since then, Gilbert has gone into radio silence as he evaluates the team (which is code for desperately coming up with ways to keep LeBron James.).
Also, Gilbert saves money by acting now — Brown’s contract says after 10 days he has to be paid for next season. That is $4.5 million.
The sooner the better for Brown, who likely would get an interview or two with other teams currently trying to fill a coaching vacancy. To answer your question, because he just led his team to the best record in the East two straight years, that’s why.
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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