By Vincent Bonsignore
SAN ANTONIO – Count San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as pleased that former Lakers coach Mike Brown landed back on his feet Wednesday when Cleveland Cavaliers brought him back as their head coach.
Brown, a former Popovich assistant, was the Cavaliers head coach from 2005-10 and guided them to the NBA Finals in 2007 with LeBron James leading the way.
He was fired three years ago when the Cavaliers were trying to convince James to remain in Cleveland – hiring perceived James favorite Byron Scott to replace him.
The move doubly back-fired as James fled to Miami that summer and the Cavaliers floundered under Scott.
Popovich complimented Cleveland ownership for setting aside its pride and bringing Brown back.
“Not too many people recognize a (wrong) decision and do something to reverse it. “We’re usually too proud as human beings” Popovich said Wednesday before his Spurs played the Lakers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
“So I thought that was pretty courageous on (ownerships) part and pretty wise because Mike is a hell of a coach,” Popovich added