While at practice on Saturday before Golden State and Cleveland face off in the Finals, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters about why he has owed Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown $100 since his rookie year as an NBA player.
Lue says when he was a rookie on the Lakers, Brown challenged him in a shooting contest for $100. Lue missed his shots and lost, but Brown refused to accept any money, so now, 19 years later, Brown can still say Lue owes him $100.
Here’s the story in Lue’s own words, via the video from Cleveland.com:
“I owe him $100 from when I was a rookie. I try to pay him and he’ll never take the money so he can say I always owe him. He was with the Spurs and I was with the Lakers, and we had a little shooting contest and I lost and he wouldn’t take the money, so from now 19 years in a row he says, ‘You owe me $100.’ He won’t take the money, but I’ve just always been close with Mike. I like Mike a lot. I respect him a lot. I had a chance to workout his son a lot at Impact in Vegas over the summer. Mike’s a good guy. I like and respect him a lot.”
(Brown was an assistant on the Wizards when Lue was a rookie, but that was probably an honest mistake in recalling that minor detail.)
When asked if Brown mentions this every time they see each other:
“Every time I see him. ‘You owe me $100.’ I try to pay, he won’t take it.”
This is the second funny story involving coaches that Brown has been included in this postseason. Before one of the Warriors’ games against the Spurs in the conference finals, Brown told reporters about how he was almost arrested while driving to the arena, and how Gregg Popovich laughed at him the whole time.
The latest news on Steve Kerr, who Brown is filling in for as interim head coach, is that he’s not healthy enough to return to coach in the NBA Finals, but it’s not a sure thing that he won’t return at some point in the series, according to the Associated Press.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is on Thursday.