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September 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With one whack to the nose, Kobe Bryant gave Scott Brooks a first-hand look at what made the Thunder coach admire the Lakers star so much from afar. Brooks, like any NBA coach or player, has always gushed over Bryant's toughness, longevity, competitiveness and efficient footwork. Those qualities often cause the biggest nightmares for opposing teams when they try to stop the Lakers' star. But when he coached the Western Conference team in the 2012 NBA All-Star game, Brooks gained an extra sense of appreciation for it. Brooks saw varying images of Bryant that left him shaking his head as he processed it all. First, Brooks saw Miami guard Dwyane Wade deliver a hard foul that broke Bryant's nose.
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February 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
James Harden will start in the backcourt for the Western Conference All-Star team, replacing Kobe Bryant, who will sit out the game Sunday with a knee injury. West coach Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) made his selection on Friday, picking his former guard Harden, who spent three seasons with the Thunder before a 2012 trade to the Houston Rockets. Bryant was injured on Dec. 17 in Memphis, suffering a fracture of his lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. After missing the start of the season while recovering from an Achilles tear, Bryant got through just six games before suffering another injury.
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December 8, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The undersized point guard didn't think he could do it. Scott Brooks was trying to make the eighth-grade basketball team as a seventh-grader when he shared his growing doubts with his mother. "I told her, 'I can't make the eighth-grade team,'" Brooks recalled Saturday. The phrase contained a word that was unfamiliar to Lee Brooks, a single mother who supported her seven children in the Northern California hamlet of Lathrop by rebuilding automotive parts at a nearby factory.
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June 10, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Detroit Pistons have hired Maurice Cheeks, according to ESPN, giving the former All-Star point guard his third head coaching job. Cheeks reportedly beat out Nate McMillan, the other co-finalist to succeed Lawrence Frank, who had gone 54-94 in two seasons. Cheeks had been an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City the last four seasons and previously was the head coach with Philadelphia and Portland, compiling a 284-286 record that included three first-round playoff appearances in his six full seasons.
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September 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The path the Oklahoma City Thunder has taken in the last three seasons convinces Coach Scott Brooks that they're putting down the necessary foundation for an NBA championship. They progressed from a first-round exit against the Lakers in the 2010 NBA playoffs to the Western Conference Finals the following year against the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder then made its first NBA Finals appearance last season and fell to the Miami Heat. In an hourlong meeting Tuesday night at the Pelican Hill Golf Club with a handful of the news media, Brooks also expressed optimism about his team heading into the 2012-13 season.
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February 12, 1989 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Is this a great country or what? In six years, Scott Brooks has gone from Horned Frog to Anteater to Patroon to Philadelphia 76er. Me? Oh I'm staying with a teammate of mine, perhaps you've heard of him. Charles Barkley . One moment a guy is too small to play in the National Basketball Assn. and is happy to find work in the Continental Basketball Assn.; the next he's the starting point guard for the team of his dreams, the 76ers, and in so doing develops something of a cult following.
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January 6, 1986 | JIM McCURDIE, Times Staff Writer
Scott Brooks looks a little out of place on the same floor with nine other NCAA Division 1 players. All right, who let the little guy on the court? Usher, show him back to his seat. Go back to the 6-foot-and-under leagues, pal. Brooks has heard it before. Respect has been more difficult to earn because he usually has been smaller than most. So, he wasn't surprised when reporters ignored him at UC Irvine's annual Media Day in November. "Yeah, no one came up and talked to me," he recalled.
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March 10, 1987
Scott Brooks, a senior guard who averaged 23.8 points a game, was named Most Valuable Player of the 1986-87 UC Irvine basketball team at an awards banquet Monday night in the Bren Center. Joe Buchanan, a senior guard, was named honorary captain, and junior center Wayne Englestad was chosen "Mr. Inside." Frank Woods, a transfer from Seward County Community College in Kansas, was named top newcomer and Steve Florentine was freshman of the year.
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July 23, 1987
Two Orange County college basketball players--Herman Webster from Cal State Fullerton and Scott Brooks from UC Irvine--were selected in the Continental Basketball Assn. draft Wednesday. Webster, a 6-foot 7-inch center, was drafted by Rochester as the No. 4 pick of the second round--the 16th player chosen overall. Brooks, a 5-11 guard, was drafted by Albany as the second round's No. 10 selection--22nd overall. Webster averaged 10.7 points and 6.
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May 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni did not receive any votes for the "2013-13 NBA Coach of the Year. " George Karl, of the Denver Nuggets, was awarded the Red Auerbach Trophy for leading the Denver Nuggets to a 57-25 record.  The Nuggets were recently eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs by the surprising Golden State Warriors. Despite the Lakers' 28-12 finish over their final 40 games (a 57-win pace), D'Antoni was overlooked in favor of 14 other coaches receiving votes. Karl received 62-first place votes.  Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro received a first and second-place vote.
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March 2, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
They make the incredible look so routine, Kevin Durant flipping up crazy shots that somehow go in and Russell Westbrook wildly contorting his body on blow-by-everyone drives to the basket. The show goes on for the circus that is the Oklahoma City Thunder, even without its third ring. James Harden has taken his supernatural talents to Houston, leaving behind a juggling act for his former teammates. The numbers are still crowd pleasers. Oklahoma City leads the NBA in scoring at 106.7 points per game going into Sunday's game against the Clippers at Staples Center and has the same 42-16 record it had at this point last season on the way to the Finals.
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December 8, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The undersized point guard didn't think he could do it. Scott Brooks was trying to make the eighth-grade basketball team as a seventh-grader when he shared his growing doubts with his mother. "I told her, 'I can't make the eighth-grade team,'" Brooks recalled Saturday. The phrase contained a word that was unfamiliar to Lee Brooks, a single mother who supported her seven children in the Northern California hamlet of Lathrop by rebuilding automotive parts at a nearby factory.
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September 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The path the Oklahoma City Thunder has taken in the last three seasons convinces Coach Scott Brooks that they're putting down the necessary foundation for an NBA championship. They progressed from a first-round exit against the Lakers in the 2010 NBA playoffs to the Western Conference Finals the following year against the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder then made its first NBA Finals appearance last season and fell to the Miami Heat. In an hourlong meeting Tuesday night at the Pelican Hill Golf Club with a handful of the news media, Brooks also expressed optimism about his team heading into the 2012-13 season.
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September 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Everywhere he turned this week at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Scott Brooks couldn't escape the subject that's left every Lakers fan giddy this off-season. As Brooks played host to his annual tournament benefiting his alma mater, UC Irvine, he was asked again and again what he thought of the purple and gold acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. It came with the implication those additions would be enough to unseat Brooks' Thunder team. After all, his squad had eliminated the Lakers last season in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, before the Miami Heat beat the Thunder in the NBA Finals.
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September 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With one whack to the nose, Kobe Bryant gave Scott Brooks a first-hand look at what made the Thunder coach admire the Lakers star so much from afar. Brooks, like any NBA coach or player, has always gushed over Bryant's toughness, longevity, competitiveness and efficient footwork. Those qualities often cause the biggest nightmares for opposing teams when they try to stop the Lakers' star. But when he coached the Western Conference team in the 2012 NBA All-Star game, Brooks gained an extra sense of appreciation for it. Brooks saw varying images of Bryant that left him shaking his head as he processed it all. First, Brooks saw Miami guard Dwyane Wade deliver a hard foul that broke Bryant's nose.
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June 10, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Detroit Pistons have hired Maurice Cheeks, according to ESPN, giving the former All-Star point guard his third head coaching job. Cheeks reportedly beat out Nate McMillan, the other co-finalist to succeed Lawrence Frank, who had gone 54-94 in two seasons. Cheeks had been an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City the last four seasons and previously was the head coach with Philadelphia and Portland, compiling a 284-286 record that included three first-round playoff appearances in his six full seasons.
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November 3, 1988 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
On March 11, 1988, Wayne Engelstad scored 30 points to lead UC Irvine to a 74-70 upset of Nevada Las Vegas and into the championship game of the conference basketball tournament for the first time in school history. On Feb. 21, 1987, Anteater guard Scott Brooks scored 41 points in front of a hundred or so family and friends in Stockton against the University of the Pacific. Brooks once wanted to play for the Tigers, but they didn't consider him worthy of a scholarship.
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May 19, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Shockingly, Scott Brooks didn't blame the referees. His players were blindingly faster and approximately 47 years younger at every position than the Lakers, but the Oklahoma City coach merely shrugged after the Lakers were awarded 42 free throws in their 99-96 Game 3 victory on Friday night at Staples Center. He said his players needed quicker feet. Took the high road. Saturday is the game of the season for the Lakers. It determines whether they keep hope for a mini-dynasty (three championships in four years)
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May 15, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kobe Bryant walked over to Derek Fisher , wrapped an arm around his former teammate's waist and patted him on the rear. For one moment during a break in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, the veteran guards who teamed for five NBA titles could safely resume their friendship. "I asked him if he was good, he asked me if I was good, and that was it," Fisher said Tuesday of his first-quarter exchange with Bryant on Monday during the Thunder's 119-90 victory.
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