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Cavaliers re-hire Mike Brown as coach

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he made a mistake by firing Mike Brown three years ago as Cleveland's coach and is thrilled to be able to hire him again.

Brown was re-introduced by the team on Thursday, reuniting with a team he led to five straight playoff appearances before he was fired in 2010. Gilbert said: "Yeah, it was a mistake. Sure it was a mistake" to fire Brown, who guided the Cavs to the NBA Finals in 2007.

Brown was fired shortly after Cleveland was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Gilbert changed coaches mostly to appease LeBron James, who was still with the team before leaving as a free agent.

Gilbert said: "We're very happy to rectify any position we took back then. Maybe he's meant to be here."

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