It’s one thing to lose out on a bet. It’s another to not pay up on your losses. It’s something else entirely if the loser wants to pay up and the winner doesn’t let him. We’re talking about the latter here.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue enters the NBA Finals for the third year in a row as a member of the coaching staff and as any competitor, has to keep those competitive juices flowing. When he played for the Lakers, Lue bet then Spurs (now Warriors) assistant coach Mike Brown $100 that he could hit a number of shots.

Lue lost and tried to pay off his bet, but Brown decided to take it up a notch and decided to something he felt is more valuable than $100.

“Oh Mike, I owe him $100 from when I was a rookie…I try to pay him and he wouldn’t take the money so he 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 for 19 years in a row he just always says “You owe me $100.” He won’t take the money so but just always been close to Mike. I like Mike a lot, I respect him a lot.”

This is kind of like knowing something bad is going to happen to you but it’s better to deal with it right away instead of having it linger.

This is going to sound like a storyline for Seinfeld but this is a bit of a social issue. It’s always important to pay your bets and Lue is trying to do just that. Brown also doesn’t have to take the bet but surely there is a statute of limitations where if someone is repeatedly trying to pay off their bet and you don’t let them, they’re off the hook.

Either way, neither Brown or Lue will be thinking about $100 from 19 years ago as their teams face off in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

[Larry Brown Sports]

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