Cleveland Cavaliers hire Jim Boylan as lead assistant to Mike Brown

Kevin C. Cox

The Cavaliers hired Mike Brown to replace Byron Scott. Slowly but surely, Brown is building his own impressive staff of assistants to coach the Cavs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff is undergoing a complete makeover. It was fairly obvious that when Chris Grant and company fired Byron Scott, there would be more changes coming. Shortly after Scott's departure, the Cavs hired Mike Brown to be the head coach. Today, it has been reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer (among others) that the Cavaliers are hiring Jim Boylan as the lead assistant to Mike Brown.

Typically when you hire a head coach, they get to put together their own staff of assistants. So far we have seen the Cavaliers bring in Igor Kokoskov to help with the offensive gameplanning. If you remember, Kokoskov was the coach that helped run some of the Phoenix Sun's elite offenses with Steve Nash. The Cavs also hired Vitaly Potapenko as a player development coach for the various young big men on the roster. Phil Handy was brought over from the Los Angeles Lakers to work as an assistant coach for Mike Brown as well.

Boylan started his NBA career with the Cavaliers as a scout and eventually an assistant coach during the 1990s. He then moved around quite a bit and worked as the lead assistant to Scott Skiles with both the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. When Skiles left the Bucks this season, Boylan acted as the interim head coach. The Bucks did not offer him the full time head coaching job this offseason.

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