We both know Oakley hasnt proven anything but Mike Brown has proven to me that hes not fit for the job.
I believe Brown knows his defensive X and O's, but my biggest issue is....well both Brown and Dantoni are known for questionable rotations. Its not always about playing the best player at a position, sometimes u gotta go with the best matchup
Oakley played under 2 great coaches (Van Gundy and Riley). He was a grimey defender with a grimey mindstate although I do think he would be better with PF's and C's then other positions
In looking at whether Brown would be effective as a defensive assistant I think it's important to look past his personality and decisions he's made as a head coach, and look soley at the results he's gotten w re: to defensive efficiency. This makes sense because ALL he'd be doing w our team is working to increase our efficiency on the defensive end. This is what we need him for -- nothing more, nothing less..
Let's look @ what he was able to accomplish defensively w the Cavs and the result that work brought in the playoffs:
05-06: def eff rating of 105.4 (14th of 30) - eastern conference semi-finals
06-07: 101.3 (4th of 30) - finals
07-08: 106.4 (11th of 30) - eastern conference semi-finals
08-09: 102.4 (3rd of 30) - eastern conference finals
09-10: 104.1 (7th of 30) - eastern conference semi-finals
No surprise the higher def eff ratings result in deeper playoff runs.
Mike Brown can coach defense. One could argue rather easily that the blandness/ predictability of his offensive schemes is one factor in what held him back from better results in the post season. Running up against teams w better personnel didn't help matters either.
After the loss of Bron and the firing of Brown, the Cavs defense plummeted:
10-11: 111.8 (29th of 30)
IMO Brown would seriously improve us defensively and he should be given serious consideration for the position. I'd be willing to bet he's on Donnie's radar, possibly his shortlist even.
Well u made some good points ron, Id still like to look at some of the other candidates but I do believe that u proved why Mike brown should be taken into consideration. I mean...you right, for purely defensive purposes he would fit the job.