Mike Brown was fired after failing to take Kyrie Irving and the Cavs to the playoffs. (Glenn James/National Basketball/Getty Images)
Cavaliers general manager David Griffin told the press that Kyrie Irving was not involved in the decision to fire head coach Mike Brown after just one season.
According to Tom Withers of The Associated Press, Griffin was emphatic that the decision to find a new coach came only from the front office.
"Any, any insinuation that Kyrie had anything to do with this decision is patently false," Griffin said, his voice rising. "It's unfair. He was not counseled on this decision, nor was he counseled on the previous coaching decision. It's a completely unfair assertion and one that I want everyone to understand very clearly."
Griffin was elevated to the general manager's position full-time on Monday. He took the role over on an interim basis after Chris Grant's mid-season firing.
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Irving and Brown had a rocky relationship during their one season together, and the team failed to meet high expectations with a 33-49 season. The firing means Irving will now play for his third coach in four seasons in the league.