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Jenni Carlson: Every day is Father's Day for Thunder coach Scott Brooks

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 21, 2009
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photo - Thunder head coach Scott Brooks wears bracelets made by his children on his right wrist at all times. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks wears bracelets made by his children on his right wrist at all times. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Chance was only a few months old when Brooks had to leave the family's home in California for training camp with New York. His wife hatched the idea of the bracelets then.

Brooks has been wearing them ever since, removing them only when they wear out and have to be replaced every nine months or so.

When Chance got old enough, he would help make them. The same went for Lexi, born five years after Chance.

Now, Lexi makes all of the bracelets.

"Chance has no time for it," Brooks said, laughing. "Lexi has taken over that role."

That handiwork has become part of Brooks. He will rub on the bracelets during games as a reminder of his children. What would they think if he chewed out a referee? What would they say if he cussed out a player?

Not to say Brooks always keeps his temper in check, but he is mindful of the eyes that are watching him.

They are especially close during home games. Chance sits on the Ford Center hardwood at the end of the bench as a ballboy. Lexi sits in the stands, but she and her dad have secret hand signals for each other.

"There will be times when I'm ornery and don't do it back, and she will get mad with me," Brooks said, laughing. "There's so many cool moments."

Brooks tries to make as many of those "cool moments" as he can. That means finding time in his schedule for the kids. That means taking a break to shoot baskets or play golf with them.

And if that means staying up late to watch film or getting up early to work on a scouting report, Brooks does it. That's how seriously he takes his job as an NBA coach.

Ditto for his job as a father.

"It's a special privilege to be a dad and be their dad," Brooks said. "I take advantage of it every day."

For him, every day is Father's Day.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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