Mike Brown once changed the culture and the expectations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Maybe, LeBron James had a lot to do with that. Brown though transformed the Cavaliers into a top defensive team and a championship contender. Then again, LeBron James had a lot to do with that.
Brown returned to the Cavaliers this season and is trying to rebuild the team again. He has some great tools to use in Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, top overall pick Anthony Bennett and (eventually) Andrew Bynum.
Defense though will once again be his team's foundation.
"It starts culturally first," Mike Brown said last week before the game against Orlando. "We have to make sure our culture is right. And after you lay that foundation culturually, establish whatever you want culturally, then you've got to move on to the Xs and Os.
"For us, I believe, we would bode well if we are defensive-first oriented team. We have got to make sure we get that end of the floor covered and we appreciate that end of t...