The Zydrunas Ilgauskas incident appears to be dying down, although no one would have known that from the number of media members out in Independence today.
Even after the maelstrom that kicked up, coach Mike Brown said that he hadn't talked to Ilgauskas just yet over his not playing in Saturday's game versus the Dallas Mavericks, an appearance that would have broken a team record for most appearances by a player. Ilgauskas tied G.M. Danny Ferry's record of 723 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
''I have not talked to him. I intend to talk to him,'' Brown said. Although, at this point he has little idea what he will say. '' I didn’t write anything out or anything like that, so I don’t know yet and when I do I’m not going to tell everybody.''
The incident received a lot of publicity because of comments LeBron James made during after practice interviews. Brown said that he understood what James was doing.
''LeBron is a loyal person, a loyal individual and that’s big on his agenda. That’s what’s made him the type of person he is today and you respect and you understand that he was trying to be loyal to Z. I have no problem with that at all.''
Look West, fans
Expect to see more of Delonte West tomorrow night against the Phoenix Suns. The reason is simple: with the Suns up tempo brand of basketball, they play a lot of small lineups. West's stature and overall skills are built to keep pace with the likes of guards Steve Nash and Jason Richardson.
West had arguably his best game of the season against the Mavericks because of they play a similar style of ball. He racked up 10 points and 10 assists in 28 minutes, reminding everyone what he can do on the court.
''To be able to play him the minutes that I did was a key to our team and us getting a win. Offensively he was great…then defensively I thought he did a great job chasing Jason Terry,'' Brown said of West's play.