During the offseason, Thunder coach Scott Brooks resides in Newport Beach, Calif., which is roughly 45 miles south of Staples Center, home to the revamped Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooks was at Pelican Hill Golf Club on Tuesday for his annual tournament that benefits his alma mater, UC Irvine, and wound up surrounded by Laker lovers. The scene is described by Orange County Register columnist Jim Miller in this story.
“We have 36 foursomes out there … and there are 144 Lakers fans out there,” Brooks said. ”They’re Laker fans, and why shouldn’t they be? … Everybody’s a Laker fan. Everybody’s excited about what they’ve done.”
The Lakers added center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash this offseason and many have them picked to win the Western Conference over the defending champion Thunder.
“They were a good team before,” Brooks said. “With Howard, he’s one of the best players in the league. … The league will have its work cut out. But you have to play the games. Nobody in this league is going to give anybody a game.”
Miller wrote: “You have to play the games. … That’s about as contentious as Brooks allowed himself to become Tuesday. (Former Lakers coach) Phil Jackson could be more controversial just clearing his throat. Nice guy, this Scott Brooks. Great guy, actually. He’s just not someone who makes our job any easier.”
Every now and then, however, Brooks delivers. Here is what he said about Thunder center Kendrick Perkins: “He gives us an edge. He hates his opponent. He’s not happy unless he’s unhappy. His teammates love him. He’s always in a bad mood. I love guys who go out on the court and compete. He’s not shaking hands and trying to be buddy buddy. He respects them, but he’s going to try to beat them and then move on.”
The Los Angeles Times version of the event can be viewed here.
- John Rohde