The Authors intention was to make him feel little either way, regardless of his answer.
"Brown now is playing center for the Detroit Pistons. He's back to being a backup behind 35-year-old Ben Wallace, back to fumbling the basketball, back to being booed by Lakers fans."
He basicly said: because they got rid of you, the lakers won, you were the cancer, did you get your ring for helping? na-na-na-boo-boo!
Why wouldnt he want to be part of a championship team? LOL