Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert backs coach Mike Brown
The Cleveland Cavaliers are mired in a season-long slump which resulted in the team firing Chris Grant with 33 games left in the regular season.
Owner Dan Gilbert said Friday that he is backing coach Mike Brown for now.
"We're going to see Mike Brown succeed this year," Gilbert said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I think he will be able to do good things in the next 30 games or so. I think this team is going to be able to do good things. They're going to look at each other, look in the mirror, and they're going to rally. We're going to do everything we can to give them the air cover they need."
The Cavaliers have lost six games in a row and their 16-33 record is 12th in the Eastern Conference. Gilbert says the team will be players at the trade deadline, which is Feb. 20.
"I think we’ll be aggressive at the trading deadline -- historically we have, anyway,'' Gilbert said. "I think we will and we potentially have a lot of opportunity there. We’re looking forward to working with David Griffin, and whatever it takes, 24 hours a day for the next two weeks. Hopefully we’ll find opportunities.''