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04-13-2006, 09:45 AM
Brian Windhorst answers some Cavs-related questions, including on Mike Brown. Maybe it would be interesting for some of you.


How would you describe LeBron (http://www.hoopshype.com/players/lebron_james.htm)'s relationship with Mike Brown (http://www.hoopshype.com/coaches/mike_brown.htm) and Danny Ferry (http://www.hoopshype.com/general_managers/danny_ferry.htm)?
- Brad Smith (Cleveland, Ohio)
Brian Windhorst: I think it is professional, he seems to more warmly regard members of the ownership group that those guys based on what I've seen. What I know is he isn't afraid to make suggestions to Mike Brown during games and I assume it is the same behind closed doors with Danny Ferry.
In your opinion, what are the odds of LeBron James staying with the Cavs (http://www.hoopshype.com/Library/teams/cleveland.htm)? Any reason for Cleveland fans to be afraid?
- Anonymous
BW: There's always reason to be concerned if you're a Cavs fan. Until he's signed the extension, then there is a chance of something else happening. However, considering the upshot of the franchise over the last three years combined with the simple economic advantages of re-signing with your own team, I believe it will be a sound personal and business decision for LeBron this summer. He knows that in the modern NBA if he ever becomes unhappy, he can just demand a trade. It worked for players like Shaq (http://www.hoopshype.com/players/shaquille_oneal.htm) and Vince Carter (http://www.hoopshype.com/players/vince_carter.htm), to name a few.
Maybe it's just me, but Mike Brown sometimes looks like he's surpassed by events during games. What do you think about that?
- Eddie Knight (Cleveland, Ohio)
BW: Like many rookie coaches, often Mike Brown's weaknesses come to the fore during tight spots in games. Many times the Cavs are outplayed in the moments after halftime and he has struggled making adjustments on the offensive end. Brown is one of a new breed of young coaches, like Lawrence Frank (http://www.hoopshype.com/coaches/lawrence_frank.htm), who didn't play in the league and were schooled in the film room and as assistants. He does his best work on game plans and on defensive schemes not in-game decision-making at this point in his career, it seems to me.
If you had to define Damon Jones (http://www.hoopshype.com/players/damon_jones.htm) in a few words, what would you say?
- Anonymous
BW: He's colorful, and covers some of his insecurities about his game with a bombastic ego.
When was the last time you heard anybody in the Cavs organization talking about the Carlos Boozer (http://www.hoopshype.com/players/carlos_boozer.htm) fiasco? Is anybody still holding grudges about it there?
- Abel Cash
BW: That was an extremely hard situation and time. Many relationships were strained or ruined over that ordeal including mine with Carlos, unfortunately. Now the entire organization has been cleaned out, including the ownership, plus the Cavs have prospered so it is rarely discussed. The wound hasn't totally healed because Carlos has yet to play in Cleveland, but I think everyone has moved on.
You wrote a story about the mysterious William Wesley a long time ago. How's that nobody has followed up with stories about him? How is it possible that we still don't know who that guy is or what he does?
- Basil Matthews (Tacoma, Washington)
BW: There have been a couple other things done on him. John Canzano, an outstanding columnist from the Oregonian, went to his house during the Finals last year. Recently, a prominent NBA blog held an open investigation on the Internet. The mystery isn't what Wes does. He recruits athletes and gears them toward an agent he is partnered with, Leon Rose, and other entities that likely pay him a commission. What is mysterious is his knack for befriending all of these high-profile athletes when his goal is obviously to profit from them.
What percentage of NBA journalists do you think hate Stephen A. Smith? Is he respected by his colleagues?
- Brian Burnette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
BW: I don't known Stephen personally, but I know many journalists who think he's gotten to the top by being controversial and loud. They forget he did put in the grunt work for years as a writer. He's profited greatly from his role on ESPN and I think it is because he smartly realizes than in a Dick Vitale world style means a lot.
How much do you think being media savvy helps a man get a head coaching job in the NBA?
- Dawn Miranda (El Paso, Texas)
BW: I think it can help a coach keep his job when he's media savvy, because if you lose the beat writers, especially in the larger markets, it will be tough to recover with the fan base. As for getting the job, I don't think it is a major factor.
How is a typical day for an NBA beat writer when the team you cover plays on the road?
- Anonymous
BW: Most beat writers fly in the night before the game if possible and go to shootaround the morning of the game after spending significant time reading over stories on the Internet. Then in the afternoon you have time to work or see sites. Today (Monday), for example, I visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial and did a radio show. Usually, you get to the arena two hours or more before game time, where you meet with coaches and players and write a notebook and eat dinner before the game. Then it is covering the game and beating deadline before going to bed for a few hours before an early flight.

04-13-2006, 10:53 AM
Thanks. Good read. Anyone else have that media savvy-fan base comment stand out for them? Also, great Frank/Brown comparision.