Posted November 21, 2013

Mike Brown rips Cavaliers after loss to Wizards: ‘We had one guy that competed’

Ben Golliver, Cleveland Cavaliers, Matthew Dellavedova, Mike Brown

Mike Brown isn’t necessarily the type to rant and rave, but that didn’t stop the Cavaliers coach from calmly launching into a blistering critique of his players following Cleveland’s 98-91 home loss to Washington on Wednesday night.

“We didn’t compete,” Brown said bluntly, in comments recorded by Fox Sports Ohio. “We had one guy that competed the entire time he was on the floor, and that was Matthew Dellavedova.”

When a coach singles someone out for recognition, that’s usually the highest compliment a player can receive. Here, it was both a show of thanks to Dellavedova, who finished with nine points (on 3-for-6 shooting) and three rebounds, and a direct indictment of the other 12 Cavaliers who took the court.

“I’m not trying to be funny,” Brown continued. “[The effort] is a concern. That’s a concern for anybody when you don’t go out there and compete and play hard. You’re going to tell me the five guys I put in the game can close a 30-point game by going out there and getting stops? Didn’t play hard.”

Washington’s lead never quite got to 30 points, but the Wizards did lead by as much as 27 points before Dellavedova, an undrafted rookie guard who hails from Australia, helped key a Cleveland fourth-quarter push to make the final score a little bit more respectable. Somewhat incredibly, Dellavedova finished with a plus-21 on the night whereas Kyrie Irving finished minus-20 and Tristan Thompson finished minus-28. Starting center Andrew Bynum finished a minus-21 despite only playing 13 minutes.

“The only way I know how to coach [effort] is what I did tonight,” Brown said. “If I’m not getting it, maybe I waited a little too long [to play the reserves], I don’t know. I’ve got to find guys who are going to give it to me. It’s as simple as that. I can’t be in anybody’s body or anybody’s mind. We get paid great money to go play the game and play the right way. We didn’t compete. We didn’t play hard.”

Cleveland fell to 4-8 with the loss and has dropped four of its last five games. Brown’s tongue-lashing comes just days after Dion Waiters missed two games due to an “illness” in the wake of a rumored locker room post-game altercation. Waiters did not start for the first time this season against the Wizards, and scored 11 points (on 2-for-13 shooting) and committed three turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

Brown was fired by the Lakers after a 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season. The Cavaliers re-hired Brown, who previously coached the team from 2005-2010, back in April.

10 comments
TomR
TomR

I have never been much of a Mike Brown fan, but I have to agree, the issue is lack of effort. These guys get paid millions and yet they can't provide the necessary effort. We have seen that they can win when they put in the effort and play smart.

What the hell did Irving and Waiters do to improve their games in the off-season? Thompson switched his shooting hand and worked hard at improving his shot, where it looks like Irving and Waiters have regressed. Lebron worked hard each offseason to improve his game, your start players need to do that.

AdamPeterPhillips
AdamPeterPhillips

A lot of complaining here.. How about getting behind Delly!! Hard working and humble. Wish there were more like him in professional sports!

TomTaplinger
TomTaplinger

Maybe I'm being a little over simplistic, but here is my point:  I've been following the NBA for over 55 years and it all starts with the point guard making something happen and creating and getting others involved in the play just like a good football quarterback.  Kyrie's job and Jack and Delli and whoever is bringing up the ball needs to provide leadership and direction to the other 4 players on the court.  Get the ball to the open man, motion or signal for players to move and run a set play with options 2 and 3 available.  Look at the greats over years back to Cousy, Magic, Isiah, Stockton, Nash, Mark Price etc.  Now these were "real" point guards and they made everyone else look better and almost always played winning basketball.

GregSamick
GregSamick

The problem is with the entire team. From coaches to the players.

These over paid glory hounds are paid a lot of money to play a game. Nobody on this team is giving 100%. They are supposed to be professionals. They sure don't play like it. As usual Cleveland picked the wrong players in the draft and added nobody who can help this team. Same crap every year.

Lets blame it on Lebron leaving. That seems to the most common excuse.

RonaldAMitchell
RonaldAMitchell

I myself rather see Bynum make more shot attempts then watch Dion Waiters shooting jump shots driving in the lane turning the ball over. The stupid Cavalier back court they have a weapon in the paint who has a decent inside game. Bynum is not Kwame Brown!

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Mike Brown=dead man walking and he could not care less..............please do not give this guy a job again

AndrewR1
AndrewR1

GM and Brown have to be on the way out. Byron Scott had the playing better than this until injuries

Bob Moe
Bob Moe

Bad draft drafting and mediocre coach. Won't see playoffs any time soon.

mollyjlp
mollyjlp

You know, at some point, if all the teams you coach can't compete you need to start looking in the mirror for a reason. This guy was a huge mistake. I thought the team made some strides under Byron Scott, who had to put up with endless injuries. However, I think our owner was in a big hurry to bring Brown back. We'll now we got him. How long before the spotlight turns.

JeffHager
JeffHager

Kyrie dribbles too much / to much hot sauce , too much flash