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How Scott Brooks and the Thunder handled his mother's death

Associated Press Published: January 21, 2013

The death of Thunder coach Scott Brooks' mother Saturday received only a passing mention in accounts of the Thunder's 121-118 overtime loss to Denver Sunday. And that's just as Brooks and the Thunder wanted it, according to The Oklahoman's John Rohde.

"Thunder officials asked reporters to be respectful during Sunday’s pre-game interview session and media complied," Rohde wrote. "No questions pertaining to Lee Brooks were asked and Brooks instead accepted hugs and condolences from acquaintances he knew as a Nuggets assistant prior to joining the Nuggets.
"The lone question about the death of Brooks’ mother was the final inquiry was left in post-game, which asked Brooks how he was doing emotionally. An obviously shaken Brooks softly answered, 'I’m good. I’m good. I’m thankful and … I’m good. Thank you, everybody.' Brooks then bowed his head and walked away slowly."
Lee Brooks raised seven children on her own after her husband left home when Scott Brooks was 2.

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Source: John Rohde, The Oklahoman


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