The mother of Thunder coach Scott Brooks watched closely Friday night while her son’s team beat the Sacramento Kings inside Oklahoma City Arena.
Lee Brooks, 77, actually watches every Thunder game, but pays particular attention when her son goes against the team from Sacramento, which is located roughly 60 miles north of Manteca, where she resides and still runs the family car wash aptly named “Dribbles.”
Her non-stop Thunder coverage is thanks to NBA League Pass on cable television.
“There’s a lot of great things about League Pass, and there’s a lot of not-so-great things about League Pass,” Scott Brooks said of her mother’s scrutiny. “She watches every game. She’ll be screaming at the TV, calling my sisters and brothers as the game is going on, and complaining about me.”
The youngest of seven children, Scott Brooks was raised by his mother. He never knew his father, who left home in Lathrop (just outside Manteca) when Scott was 2 years old and sent a total of $17 in child support.
Lee Brooks worked 12 hours a day, six days a week building automotive parts, plus worked overtime and odd jobs whenever she could. Every year during the harvest, she would take her kids to work in the fields, picking walnuts and topping onions.
Brooks said her mother frequently asks her son why he didn’t play a certain player and run a certain play. And when something goes wrong, it’s on her son.
“It’s all me,” Brooks said. “Every time we win, the players did a great job. When we lose, it’s my fault.”
And if a ref makes a bad call?
“It’s my fault – somehow, someway,” Brooks said. “She’s tough.”