Best Hope for the Cavs

Head Coach Mike Brown

When the Cavs introduced Mike Brown as their new head coach, the collective Who? could be heard from Gund Arena to Guantanamo Bay. But it's since become clear that owner Dan Gilbert's willingness to think beyond big names might pay off. Brown learned from two of the league's best coaches: Greg Popovich in San Antonio and Rick Carlisle in Indiana, where Brown was in charge of one of the league's best defenses. He has credibility with high-profile stars like Tim Duncan and Jermaine O'Neal, which should win him favor with LeBron James. So sure, LeBron will be hailed for carrying the team. But it's Brown who will be holding the flashlight and reading the Mapquest directions.