Mike Brown was really excited after the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Dwight Howard, solidifying their place among the NBA’s elite teams.
Like super excited — at least enough to nearly injure his hamstring.
“I got a little excited,” Brown said. “I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldn’t allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug.
“That might be the first hug they’ve gotten from their coach, ever, when it comes to a trade happening.”
If Brown is fortunate enough, he and Buss will share another hug after they win a NBA Championship. But even though they have Howard, there is nothing finite in sports.
Then maybe Brown will nearly pull his hamstring again, a result that wouldn’t be so bad if it ended with a championship.