You could apply this quote to half the teams in the NBA right now (Lakers, T-Wolves, Magic), but you're right. It takes a special kind of ineptness to get called out personally by the Commish. Of course, you can hardly blame the guy for lashing out, considering he had to hear about Zeke's sexual harassment suit while he was in the middle of dealing with the Tim Donaghy scandal.
The lawyer is a big gunner in the city. I heard him described as "cochran-like" but without the pub. So, given the case is not that strong, they probably didn't want to rile up this shark before he gets back from his vacation.