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SBD/April 25, 2013/Franchises
Published April 25, 2013
QUICKEN RESPONSIVE: Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert yesterday announced the team hired Mike Brown as head coach, and in Akron, Marla Ridenour writes under the header, “In Rehiring Brown, Cavaliers’ Dan Gilbert Falls On His Sword.” Gilbert's decision in '10 to fire Brown was "a desperate attempt to keep" then-free agent F LeBron James. Gilbert yesterday said, “Yeah, it was a mistake. For sure it was a mistake. In hindsight it was a mistake.” Ridenhour writes Gilbert's comment was “a stunning admission." He was “expected to express some regret as he reintroduced Brown as the replacement for Byron Scott,” but even those who “have spent time around Gilbert were surprised at how far he went" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 4/25).
MUSIC CITY MIGHT: A Nashville TENNESSEAN editorial states the Predators’ success over the last 10 years “reflects the consistent leadership” of coach Barry Trotz and GM David Poile. Ownership's “commitment to those two is rare, but it has been rewarded with the Predators becoming the fourth most consistent franchise in the Western Conference.” When fans “turn out for a losing team, when their ardor is undiminished, we know that hockey has found a home” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/25).