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Steve Kerr returns to TNT Network after leaving Suns

compiled from staff and wire reports

Steve Kerr didn’t stay unemployed for long. He on his way back to TV and will be staying there for awhile.

The former general manager of the Phoenix Suns has agreed to return to TNTĀ  as a game analyst and will begin work starting with the 2010-2011 season.

Steve Kerr (University of Arizona photo)

Kerr had spent four seasons calling games for TNT before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2007. He announced earlier in June that he was leaving the Suns, shortly after they reached the Western Conference finals. He was asked by the owner of the Suns to take a pay cut and refused.

The five-time NBA champion said he wanted to spend more time with his family. He has two childern in high school and another in seventh grade.

Kerr said that he decided to go back to TNT to replace Doug Collins, who took the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching job. He states that he will staying for a long time even if he is offered another general manager’s position.

Kerr will be a part of TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader coverage, plus the network’s All-Star weekend and playoff coverage. He’ll also be a contributor to NBA TV and nba.com.

Gilbert’s 10-day evaluation of Cavaliers ends: Mike Brown fired

compiled from staff, wire and NBA news

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said it would take 10 days to 2 weeks to access the Cavaliers situation after being eliminated from the playoffs by Boston.

His assessment was to fire coach Mike Brown late Sunday night, ending his five-year tenure with the franchise a little more than week after the team lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Mike Brown (nba)

The Cavaliers now join a list of teams who are looking for a new head coach: New Orleans, New Jersey, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago. Dropping off the list were the Philadelphia 76ers who hired Doug Collins last week.

Brown was expected to be fired after the Cavaliers, who finished with with the NBA’s best record for the second consecutive season, but failed to reach the NBA Finals.

Published reports were saying that the Cavaliers had until midnight on Sunday to fire Brown or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.

Brown had one year remaining on a contract extension he signed after taking the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals in 2007. His record in five seasons was 314-167 and he guided the team to the postseason in each of his five seasons. The Cavaliers finished this past regular season with an NBA-best 61 wins, but were beaten by Boston in the playoffs second round of the playoffs.