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

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 29, 2014

In his only other All-Star trip, Brooks' team took a 152-149 win over the East at the 2012 game inside Amway Center in Orlando. Kevin Durant was named MVP that year, scoring a team-high 36 points with seven rebounds and three assists.

Brooks will again have Durant by his side this year in New Orleans. It will be Durant's fifth All-Star appearance and his fourth straight as a starter after he led all Western Conference players in voting with nearly 1.4 million votes.

“It means a lot to us,” Durant said of Brooks' honor. “For a coach to be recognized as the coach of an All-Star (team) that means they put in a lot of work. And we helped him out along the way. He's been such a great leader for us throughout the whole year, and he deserves it. So I'm happy for him.”

The Thunder was 36-10 going into Wednesday's game at Miami.

“It's not something I was anticipating or waiting for,” Brooks said. “I knew we had to win one more game (to clinch the conference's best record). So I was just focused on (Wednesday's) game.

“I mean, if you want to be woken up in the middle of the night, it's a great honor. I'm excited. It's a thrill to be around all the great players in this league, to see all the work that they've put in, to be able to talk to them and meet them, it's pretty cool.”

The All Star reserves for each team will be announced Thursday night. Reserves for both teams are selected by the respective conference coaches.

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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