Brown thanks Cavs for stint as coach

Fired Cleveland coach Mike Brown has called his five years with

Cavaliers an “exceptional experience.”

Brown, who has not publicly commented since his dismissal,

issued a statement through the team Wednesday in which he thanked

the Cavs for the opportunity to coach in Cleveland. Brown was fired

in the aftermath of a second-round playoff collapse to Boston.

Brown said he’s proud of the standard he helped set in

Cleveland, and appreciated the dedication and support he received

from owner Dan Gilbert.

Brown led the Cavs to 127 regular-season wins the past two

seasons. He was selected NBA coach of the year in 2009 and took

Cleveland to its only NBA finals appearance in 2007.

Brown is a likely candidate for the other five coaching

vacancies in the league.