“It’s not only against him. It’s against everybody,” he said. “The NBA is really a tough league. Every year somebody else is coming for your spot. You have to defend yourself. You have to work hard for your spot. You’ve got 82 games and every game you have to play hard.”
HORNACEK FOR COACH OF THE YEAR?
Phoenix has exceeded all expectations this season by battling for a playoff spot, and the Suns’ success has placed coach Jeff Hornacek among the favorites for Coach of the Year.
“You give Coach Hornacek a lot of credit,” said Brooks, a former Coach of the Year. “He has come in here and put a system together and put their players in a position to execute every night. A lot of times you can listen to the noise out there and let it get to you, or you can ignore it and do what you do every day. And I think he has that approach. He puts their team in a position to win night in, night out.”
The Thunder will have an off day Monday before playing Sacramento on Tuesday...Derek Fisher started the second quarter in place of Andre Roberson. Roberson was not injured. Brooks made the adjustment to match up better with Suns guards Dragic and Eric Bledsoe...Fox Sports Oklahoma sideline reporter Leslie McCaslin lost her voice during the pregame show. Play-by-play man Brian Davis had to fill in during the second segment.