“I don't really concern myself with that,” Brooks said. “I've played in this league a lot of years, and a lot of people criticized me that I shouldn't be playing, but you do your job. You won't worry about what they do, you do what you can do and you worry about what you can do and you try to get it better.
“Just like with Russell. He's had criticism, but it never bothers him and it's never bothered me and it's never bothered our team, and our half-court offense the same way. It's never as easy as people think — just set a screen and get a guy open or go to the basket. If it was that easy, everybody would be doing it and scores would be in the high 100s.”
Brooks now is getting some credit, but reacts the same as he did to criticism.
“It's nice that people do see that we have improved, but we're not like waking up in the morning and the first thing we're reading is (someone's) column saying that we're doing a good job, but I appreciate that if (they) are saying those things,” Brooks said, drawing laughter.
“We know we have to improve. We should get better. We should continue to improve. We never use that as an excuse, but there is a fact of the matter, if the guys are young guys, then they should get better and they will get better because they work extremely hard and they care about each other.”