LeBron: Ilgauskas should have played

Updated: December 1, 2009, 9:54 AM ET
Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James says Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown should have let Zydrunas Ilgauskas set a record last weekend.

Ilgauskas has tied Cleveland's record for all-time games played at 723 and will set a new mark with his next appearance. That could have been at home last Saturday, but Brown elected not to play Ilgauskas in a victory against the Dallas Mavericks.

"I definitely thought he should've played," James said Monday. "I'm not trying to stir up anything with coach or whatever is going on with the organization, but sometimes one game is the smaller things. What was on the line was something way bigger than us playing the Mavericks. That was Z breaking the record."

Ilgauskas declined interview requests Saturday night and on Monday.


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