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Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks coached Sunday night despite mother's death

Scott Brooks flew to Manteca, Calif., on Saturday and returned Sunday in time for OKC's game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: January 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm •  Published: January 20, 2013

“It's tough for anybody to go through something like that,” Collison said. “I'm sure it's tough to come here and try to focus on the game. It's rough. It's part of life, but it doesn't make it any easier.”

The Thunder released a statement on Sunday afternoon.

“I appreciate the thoughts and prayers that are with my family,” Brooks said in that statement. “I know my mom would want me to coach tonight's game and I do so to honor her memory and all that she meant to me as a mother and as an invaluable role model.”

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they mourn the loss of his mother, Lee. Over the years we have come to learn of the tremendous woman that she was; her love and dedication to family, her work ethic, her perseverance and the impact that she had on Scott. Clearly she was an incredible individual who we all came to admire in getting a small glimpse of her life. The entire Thunder organization supports Scott during this very difficult time.”

Scott is the youngest of seven children, whose father left the family when he was age 2. Lee still ran the family business, a car wash aptly named “Dribbles.”

Brooks likely will remain with the team for the final four stops on its current six-game road trip.

Coincidentally, Friday's game is at Sacramento, located roughly 60 miles north of Lee's home.

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