Thunder coach Scott Brooks has kept a low profile throughout the NBA lockout.
He hasn’t been seen on television. Hasn’t been heard on radio. Hasn’t made many public appearances in OKC.
But when the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year surfaced Wednesday at an alumni event at the University of California-Irvine, he showed up with a new look.
A lockout beard? That was so 1998.
Brooks instead went back to his California roots and let it flow from the top down.
Thanks to this slide show from the Orange County Register, we have even more visuals of Brooks’ golden locks. It’s the longest we’ve ever seen the coach’s hair, which Thunder fans know all too well can go from scruffy to slick on any given night.
My bet is Brooks’ family put him up to it. Brooks has a history of catering to those closest to him. The bracelets seen in the above picture are just one of the many ways Brooks recognizes his family. His wife and now 11-year-old daughter also have encouraged him in the past to grow his hair out. Brooks obliged. But that was during the season. When the cameras were always watching. Eventually, Brooks had to see a barber. You can’t be too carefree when you’re an NBA coach and the spotlight is always shining on you. But during a lockout…
I wonder if Brooks will return with his locks still intact. I doubt it. It’s not his style. He likes the focus to be on his players, the organization and its product rather than himself.
Makes you wonder, though.
What might Brooks do with the do if the lockout lingers?