LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown returned to northeast Ohio Monday for a very important basketball game. However, the action wasn't at Quicken Loans Arena.
Brown helped bring his son's high school basketball team from California to play St. Edward High School in Lakewood.
Elijah Brown is a senior guard on the Mater Dei basketball team, which is ranked number one in the country. He played with St. Ed's before his dad moved the family from Cleveland to take the coaching job with the LA Lakers.
Brown said Elijah's coach actually came up with the idea about the Mater Dei-St. Ed's matchup.
"I always told my boys if they started 10th grade someplace, I'd never pull them out of school. I'd let them finish," he said. "But with the job with the Lakers, I pulled them out of school. I kinda broke a promise. So I figured out what better way to fix that promise I broke than to try to get something like this scheduled."
Brown said he was thrilled about making the trip. He spent time before the game greeting old friends and signing some autographs.
Brown's son Cameron, a sophomore, is also on the Mater Dei team.
St. Ed's defeated Mater Dei 58-44.