Scott Brooks

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Scott Brooks
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Scott Brooks in 2011 as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1965-07-31) July 31, 1965 (age 48)
French Camp, California
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school East Union (Manteca, California)
College TCU (1983–1984)
San Joaquin Delta (1984–1985)
UC Irvine (1985–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1987–2001
Position Guard
Number 1, 4, 2
Coaching career 2000–present
Career history
As player:
1987–1988 Albany Patroons (CBA)
1988 Fresno Flames (WBL)
19881990 Philadelphia 76ers
19901992 Minnesota Timberwolves
19921995 Houston Rockets
19951996 Dallas Mavericks
1996–1997 New York Knicks
1997–1998 Cleveland Cavaliers
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
As coach:
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars (ABA) (assistant)
2001–2002 Southern California Surf (ABA)
20032006 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2006–2007 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20072008 Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (assistant)
2008–present Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,317
Rebounds 685
Assists 1,608
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Scott William Brooks (born July 31, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player. Originally from Lathrop, California, Brooks is currently serving as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder professional basketball team, in the National Basketball Association. Standing at 5'11", or 1.80 meters, Brooks played the basketball position of point guard while playing collegiately at San Joaquin Delta College and Texas Christian University, before finishing his final two years at the University of California, Irvine.[1] He was inducted into UCI's Hall of Fame in 2001.

Early life and college[edit]

Born Scott William Brooks, in French Camp, California on July 31, 1965, Brooks graduated from East Union High School at Manteca, California in 1983.[2] As a freshman, he played college basketball at Texas Christian University for a season and then transferred for his sophomore year to San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, about 10 miles from his parents' home in Lathrop, California. After only being offered a walk-on spot by nearby University of the Pacific, he declined that offer and spent the next two years at the University of California, Irvine.[3] In his senior season at UCI, he averaged 23.8 points and made 43.2% of his three-point attempts.[4] On the night that the Bren Events Center opened at UC Irvine on January 8, 1987, Brooks scored 43 points as UCI defeated Utah State, 118-96. He scored 41 points in a 90-79 win at University of the Pacific later that season to tie the Spanos Center scoring record.[5][6]

Basketball career[edit]

After not being drafted in the 1987 NBA Draft, Brooks debuted professionally with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association under coach Bill Musselman. Brooks was named to the CBA's all-rookie team in 1988 and was a member of Albany's CBA Championship team that same season. Later, he played for the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League.[7]

Brooks played 10 seasons (1988–1998) in the NBA, appearing as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers, and was a member of Houston's 1994 NBA Championship team. In 1995, Brooks was traded to the Mavericks for Morlon Wiley and a second-round pick in the only trade deadline deal of the season.[8] Brooks signed with the Los Angeles Clippers before the 1998-1999 season but sat out due to a right knee injury.[9] The Clippers waived Brooks on February 19, 1999,[4] re-signed him, then released Brooks in October 1999, during the 1999-2000 preseason.[10] Brooks joined the Los Angeles Stars of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2000–2001, where he was both a player and an assistant coach.[11]

After serving as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets, Brooks was named an assistant to P.J. Carlesimo with the Seattle SuperSonics before the 2007-08 season, and followed the team to Oklahoma City as the Thunder after that season. When Carlesimo was fired on November 22, 2008; Brooks was named interim coach for the rest of the season.[12] On April 22, 2009; the Thunder dropped the "interim" from Brooks' title and named him the 15th head coach in Sonics/Thunder history.

Brooks has gotten off to one of the best starts for a rookie head coach in recent NBA history. He has led the Thunder to the playoffs in all four of his full seasons with the team. He was named the 2009-2010 NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Thunder to a 50-win season and the 8th seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs, a 26-win increase over the previous season. The following year he led the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals, where they eventually lost to the 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks. On February 11, 2012, Brooks was named the Western Conference All-Star Coach for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida. In the summer of 2012, the Thunder signed Brooks to a multi-year head coaching contract reportedly worth about $18 million.[13] In a shortened 66-game season, Brooks led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat.

On January 29, 2014, Brooks was named the Western Conference All-Star Coach for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.[14]

Brooks is already third on the Sonics/Thunder franchise's all-time wins list, behind only Lenny Wilkens and George Karl.

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
OKC 2008–09 69 22 47 .319 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
OKC 2009–10 82 50 32 .610 4th in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
OKC 2010–11 82 55 27 .671 1st in Northwest 17 9 8 .529 Lost in Conf. Finals
OKC 2011–12 66 47 19 .712 1st in Northwest 20 13 7 .650 Lost in NBA Finals
OKC 2012–13 82 60 22 .732 1st in Northwest 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
OKC 2013–14 82 59 23 .720 1st in Northwest 19 10 9 .526 Lost in Conf. Finals
Career 463 293 170 .633 73 39 34 .534

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NBA.com coach profile: Scott Brooks
  2. ^ "Scott Brooks basketball camp". The Record (Stockton, California). July 27, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Penner, Mike (January 13, 1987). "Irvine's Brooks Shows Pacific It Made a Mistake". LA Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Scott Brooks bio". NBA. Archived from the original on February 10, 2001. 
  5. ^ "UC Irvine Alum Scott Brooks to Coach NBA Western All-Stars". www.ucirvinesports.com. February 13, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Weyler, John (February 22, 1987). "Irvine's Brooks Scores 41 to Burn Pacific". LA Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Keegan, Tom (January 14, 2011). "Memory lane: Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens reminisces about faces, places over the years". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Winderman, Ira (2000). "Let's make a deal--or not". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  9. ^ White, Lonnie (February 16, 1999). "Anxious Times for Nesby". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ White, Lonnie (October 29, 1999). "Popular Brooks, Smith Released". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Terry, Mike (December 26, 2000). "Reborn ABA begins future tonight". The Spokesman-Review. p. C2. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Carlesimo fired; Brooks to take over Thunder in interim
  13. ^ "NBA: Thunder give Brooks multi-year contract". 3 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Scott Brooks to coach West All-Stars

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