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Thunder basketball: Scott Brooks gets a late-night All-Star coaching call

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 29, 2014
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MIAMI — Scott Brooks lost a lot of sleep Tuesday night after his team arrived in South Beach.

No, not because of the city's vibrant nightlife.

But because his phone wouldn't stop buzzing.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, after Portland lost a home game to Memphis, Brooks was named coach of the Western Conference All-Star team. The Blazers loss ensured the Thunder would own the Western Conference's best record through Feb. 2, and it meant the Thunder coach would return to the annual gala to captain the West All-Stars for the second time in three years.

The news, though, came at perhaps the worst time, in perhaps the worse way.

Brooks, however, accepted the brunt of the blame.

“I made the mistake of not turning my phone off in the middle of the night,” Brooks explained at his team's shootaround Wednesday morning. “I had phone calls and text messages. So I didn't sleep a lot last night.”

League rules prohibit coaches from making back-to-back appearances at All-Star Weekend. Two trips in three years is as good as it gets.

This one, Brooks said, is significant because of what his team has overcome.

“It says a lot about our organization, I think,” Brooks said. “Going into the year, we had some question marks. But the question mark that we never ever had was (if) we were going to do the work every day as a group. So by me being able to represent the West, it's really a direct result from all of our hard work all of our members of our organization has put forth to make this possible to have a good team.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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