Oklahoman Published: December 14, 2008
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As for Saturday’s firing, Brooks said: "No one wants to see that happen. He was my buddy. He’s a guy I looked up to. But we all understand it’s a tough business. That’s what keeps us going. That’s why we love what we do.”

Memory lane II
The one season Brooks played in the CBA with the Albany Patroons one of his teammates was Rick Carlisle. Now the Dallas Mavericks head coach, Carlisle was from Boston. During a day off, he informed Brooks they could take a train to Bean Town and visit Celtics legend Larry Bird at his home.

"I’m sticking to my story that I wanted to stay back to work out and try to get better,” Brooks said. "Looking back, what was I thinking? What’s 200 extra shots that day compared to having a chance to hang out with Larry Bird in his prime?

"I think about that quite a bit. I had a chance to do that as a 22-year-old rookie in the CBA. I was focused on making it in the NBA. I thought I needed to get workouts in. I didn’t believe in days off as a player.”

BY MIKE BALDWIN