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So there is crying in basketball, too: Thunder's Durant, Brooks defends Heat's shedding of tears

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's disclosure that Heat players cried over their loss to the Bulls Sunday caused a media stir. But Thunder players and coaches aren't too proud to admit they've cried over games.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: March 8, 2011

/articleid/3547005/1/pictures/1379232">Photo - Thunder coach Scott Brooks likes his team because of how much the players care. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Thunder coach Scott Brooks likes his team because of how much the players care. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

"Actually, I was weeping like a little baby," Brooks said. "When you care about something, you can't turn it off and on. Every team I've been on has cried. I'm not saying guys were inconsolable, couldn't contain themselves. You're emotional. You love the game."

Brooks paused and smiled. "I mean, you don't want them to cry after every loss," Brooks said. "Eyes are watered up, but obviously you don't want it every game. Once every so often, sure."

Durant said the last time he cried was after the Game 6 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs last season, but explained it happened because he was in a reflective mood.

"It was kind of like tears of joy," Durant said. "It was tough to see a good season like that end."

Many in the league agree Spoelstra's misstep was taking a private locker room moment and making it public.

"I'm a guy who rarely gets mad over stuff like that," Durant said, "but as a player, you like to leave that type of stuff in the locker room."

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said he would have kept the matter private, but the topic has become much ado about nothing.

"It's wearing me out," Hollins said. "Many guys have cried. I've been in games where I've cried. I've cried as a coach when I didn't feel I did what I've needed to do and we had an emotional loss. It's an emotional game. It doesn't mean you quit or you're afraid or nothing like that. You hurt so bad because you lose."

Thunder at 76ers

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM


*Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala had two straight triple-doubles last week. He did not play in the season's previous meeting at OKC.

*The Sixers had won six of their last seven, eight of their last 10 and were the East's No. 7 playoff seed entering Tuesday's game at Indiana.

*Entering Tuesday night's games, only 4 1/2 games separated the No. 4 playoff seed from the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.


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