"It’s a great area to grow up,” Brooks said. "The year I was an assistant coach was incredible. There were times my kids could see my mother for three straight weekends. It was a good year in my life even though it didn’t work out like we all wanted.”
His mother, Lee, 76, is a wiry, vibrant single mother who used to rebuild automotive parts and now runs a "mom-and-pop” car wash named "Dribbles” in Lathrop, a city of 4,000 about 50 miles south of Sacramento. Lee, though, is his toughest critic.
"She’s from the old school. She’s tough love,” said Brooks, smiling. "She’s always calling to ask me why I didn’t play a certain player or why we didn’t run a different play.”
By Mike Baldwin