CLEVELAND - Mike Brown is officially returning to Cleveland as Cavaliers head coach.
The team announced in a news release Wednesday morning that the coach they fired after the 2010 season will again lead the Cavs next season.
In five seasons in Cleveland, Brown put together an impressive record with a .663 winning percentage. He led the Cavs to NBA-best records in 2008-09 (66-16) and 2009-10 (61-21) but failed to reach the Finals both seasons.
The Lakers hired him in 2011 but fired him just five games into the 2012-13 season.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted about the coach's return: "Mike Brown: Only 43 years old. Man is not even near his peak as an NBA coach." and "Not "selling" boys and girls.Just providing facts.You decide.Let's see how things roll next year and beyond.How many days until opening tip?"
The Cavs will hold a news conference with Brown at 2:30 p.m. Keep checking newsnet5.com and watch NewsChannel5 for more on this story.