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John Rohde: Thunder coach Scott Brooks wasn’t star-struck in L.A.

By John Rohde Published: April 30, 2010
Thunder coach Scott Brooks insists he doesn’t remember what he and actor Jack Nicholson chatted about during Game 5 at the Staples Center on Tuesday night.

A three-time Oscar winner and 12-time nominee is seated in the front row and strikes up several conversations during an NBA playoff game, yet Brooks doesn’t recall the particulars?

Come on. Seriously?

Brooks smiled, shook his head and said, "don’t remember.”

Perhaps Brooks has a selective lack of memory. What happens with Nicholson, stays with Nicholson.

Then again, maybe Brooks was in shock watching his team’s embarrassing 111-87 loss unfold against the Lakers that night.

A well-humored guy, Brooks quickly manufactured a fictitious quote from the 73-year-old Nicholson.

"Maybe he said being down by 25 in Game 5 against the Lakers was not on my ‘Bucket List,’ ” Brooks said, drawing laughter from reporters after Thursday’s practice.

Brooks said he and Nicholson have had sideline exchanges since Brooks joined the league as a player in 1988, and then later as a coach.

As you would expect given the circumstances, Nicholson was particularly chatty during the Game 5 romp.

"He harasses me every now and then with, ‘Come on, quit complaining about the fouls,’ ” Brooks said.

Brooks did recall a conversation in which Nicholson said he grew up in the same city with one of the NBA referees. "So we harassed him a little bit about that,” Brooks said.

Evidently, the Thunder has a fan in Jack.

"He congratulated us on having a good year, that our guys are playing well and that we’ve got a lot of skilled players,” Brooks said. "He’s always been very friendly. He’s a fan. He’s a Lakers fan, but he’s a fan of guys playing hard and performing.


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