Enemy Lines: A rival scout sizes up the Cavaliers

Point guard Kyrie Irving made the All-Star team last season as a 21-year-old in his second year.
Mark Duncan/AP

Brown is in a much more powerful position than he was the first time as Cleveland coach, when he was catering to LeBron a lot. The front office brought him back, it knows him and it invested in him. He has a good base defensively. He'll be good with a young team because he's a teacher. I don't know if anybody would copy his game offensively. With his previous teams, a lot of times an offensive possession came down to somebody bailing him out at the end of the shot clock because they'd tried what he wanted to do and it didn't work. But people learn, and maybe he'll come up with new ideas or something he believes in more.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.