Oklahoman Modified: February 18, 2010 at 9:45 am •  Published: February 18, 2010

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llas finished 36-46 and had the 10{+t}{+h}-worst record out of 13 Western Conference teams.

Brooks was traded for guard Morlon Wiley and a 1995 second-round pick, who turned out to be Duke center Erik Meek. The Rockets released Wiley one day later. Meek went overseas and never played in the NBA.

In Brooks’ second game with Dallas, the Mavericks happened to play the Rockets. Brooks came off the bench and had 12 points (6-of-9 shooting), five assists and two steals in a 102-101 victory over Houston.

Brooks looks back at his trade pragmatically now, but such certainly wasn’t the case on the night of Feb. 23, 1995.

"I said a few things to (Rockets coach) Rudy Tomjanovich that I regret saying, but we’ve made up since then,” Brooks said. "It wasn’t a good ride home that night.

"Being traded, I’ve always looked at it as somebody really, really loves you and wants you to be part of their team. Sometimes they trade you not because they don’t want you, but it just happens — salary cap relief or whatever. In my case, I wasn’t good enough.”

Brooks went undrafted coming out of Cal-Irvine in 1987, when the NBA Draft was seven rounds rather than the current two, but he eventually found a bright side to being traded.

"I ended up getting traded for a player and a pick,” Brooks said with a smile.

The Brooks trade was so poorly handled, the NBA bumped its trade deadline up from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 1996, then up to the current 3 p.m. deadline in 2003.

We’ll find out by 2 p.m. local time today if the Thunder has made a trade.

Thanks to Brooks, no one in the NBA will be traded at halftime tonight.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.



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