Mike Brown pleads fifth on Dan Gilbert email to David Stern
The trade, or non-trade, significantly changed the Lakers' roster and became the backdrop through all of training camp.
Yet, if you believe Lakers Coach Mike Brown, he never realized, before Friday, that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote to David Stern urging the NBA commissioner to block the Chris Paul trade.
"This is the first time I've heard of it," Brown said before the Lakers played the Cavaliers at Staples Center. "I didn't know he did that. I don't know the particulars about it. I can't comment on it and I really don't know much about it."
When training camp started, however, Brown admitted that Lakers spokesman John Black informed him about Gilbert's email and offered to give him a copy. But he declined, saying he remained focused only on the Lakers' current roster.
There is nothing, apparently, that would prompt Brown to publicly criticize Gilbert. Not his firing by the Cavaliers in 2010 after guiding them to two Eastern Conference finals, one NBA FInals and a 272-138 record through five seasons. Not Gilbert's attempts to appease LeBron James whenever possible. And certainly not the Cavaliers owner's playing a part in blocking a trade that would've immediately addressed the Lakers' point-guard needs.
But don't think it's exactly warm and fuzzy between the two, either. Even though he has repeatedly expressed gratitude for Gilbert's hiring him, Brown didn't leave him extra tickets for Friday's game.
Said Brown: "He's got enough money to buy 2,000 [tickets] or even 20,000, let alone two."
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