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Tony Brown on D'Angelo Russell: He broke an unwritten rule

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Tony Brown became one of the few NBA coaches to comment on the D'Angelo Russell controversy Thursday, saying the 20-year-old rookie broken "an unwritten rule" when he videotaped Laker teammate Nick Young confessing to cheating on his fiancée, Iggy Azalea, and posted it on Snapchat.

"It’s just an unwritten rule, man," Tony Brown told Brian Lewis in Cleveland. "Whatever happens within your team, it stays inside. You don’t leak stuff out like that. It’s detrimental to everybody. But that’s a tough lesson to learn.

"Yeah, generally it doesn’t get leaked out. You don’t tell a guy you’re recording. There’s something wrong there. I don’t get it either."

Other Nets were just as mystified by Russell's actions, which might have been funny at Ohio State but is a no-no in professional ranks. It was made worse by Russell's position as point guard, said Wayne Ellington.

"In order to be successful, I believe so. You have to trust the point guard and the decisions that he’s making," Ellington said. "And I don’t know [how he will]. In this situation, I don’t know. This situation is a little different than any other, so I’m not sure. This is a little more personal for Nick and for D’Angelo. They’ve got to work that out on their own."