He was fired in the early days of that infamous summer three years ago when a 'Decision' changed everything for the Cavaliers.
Now, after a short, tumultuous stay in Los Angeles, the bald, bespectacled, defensive-minded coach often criticized for his stagnant offense, has returned to lead Cleveland out of the NBA's darkness.
Mike Brown is back.
Is LeBron James next?
Dismissed in 2010 by owner Dan Gilbert after the Cavs were eliminated in the playoffs, Brown inherits a team similar to the one he had in 2005, when James blossomed into a superstar and Cleveland won 50 games to get back into the postseason for the first time since 1998.
Since Brown left, the Cavs have lost 166 games.