Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Mark Jackson fired, Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer
  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
  • Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Maurice Cheeks, Detroit Pistons

Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Mike Brown coached LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA-best 66 wins in 2009 and 61 victories in 2010 before being fired after back-to-back playoff exits. The Cavs championship dreams ended in the Conference Finals in 2009 and Conference Semifinals in 2010. Why was his firing so surprising? Partly because he was successful with the Cavs…and Cleveland brought him back as coach this season. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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