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Looks like Scott Brooks got a promotion.

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by geeimsobored, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. geeimsobored

    geeimsobored Contributing Member

    Aug 20, 2005
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    Nice to see him move up and get a coaching role. Hope he does a good job.


    Maloofs gush over Brooks
    Kings assistant wows co-owners in second head-coaching interview
    By Sam Amick - Bee Staff Writer

    Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    Story appeared in SPORTS section, Page C1

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    LAS VEGAS -- It was only 10:45 a.m., and they were ready to ink a deal.

    Not the Kings and their prospective head coach, but the nearly 20 people waiting outside a tattoo parlor in the same Palms Casino where Scott Brooks was hoping to inspire an inking of a whole different fashion.

    Entering Brooks' second official interview Monday for the Kings' head-coaching position, some within the organization said the only obstacle between the assistant and his official promotion was the approval of team co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.

    Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie knew Brooks on a much different level than the Maloofs and is known to think highly of the 41-year-old, making the top objective of this session to gauge the Maloofs' opinion. And if their reaction just after a nearly 90-minute lunch at the familiar 24/7 Café was any indication, consider Brooks endorsed.

    "I felt terrific about it," Joe Maloof said as he stood wearing sunglasses just outside the casino's front doors. "He's not flashy, and he's got his feet squarely on the ground. He's a family man. He knows the game. He's got a lot of positives. He's pretty hard not to like."

    Though Petrie is the clear point man for the coaching search that began with the April 20 firing of Eric Musselman, the Maloofs' influence remains. Candidates who have not garnered a comfort level with both Petrie and ownership have come and gone or never been interviewed, with the one apparent agreement ending when Stan Van Gundy bolted out of Sacramento to sign with Orlando. Yet Van Gundy's runaway act only strengthened Brooks' case, with the consensus that not only does Brooks -- unlike Van Gundy -- badly want the job, he is a known commodity who has unique credentials.

    Before Brooks joined the Kings, his three seasons under George Karl in Denver had put him on the proverbial hot list of young coaches seemingly destined to be a head coach. Joe and Gavin Maloof cited Brooks' NBA playing experience that included playing under seven head coaches, and they said they're enamored with his ability to overachieve as a player despite lacking the size and skills of most of his colleagues.

    The smallish Manteca native was cut by Philadelphia as a rookie and played in the American Basketball Association before surviving 11 seasons in the NBA. He played a key role in a championship with Houston in 1994.

    "I don't like that about him -- I love it," Joe Maloof said. "I look at (Brooks), and I see a lot of Gavin and I. People have always underestimated our abilities throughout our lives, and we've overachieved. I see that in this guy."

    Said Gavin Maloof: "How many guys told him he couldn't make the team, that he'd never play in the NBA? How many people told him that?"

    With their feelings clear, the decision is clearly Petrie's to make.

    "Basically, Geoff has to be the one who makes this decision," Joe Maloof said. "But Gavin and I interviewed (Brooks), and we felt very comfortable with him and he had a great interview. He was terrific. We need to talk to Geoff before we decide on anything."

    Petrie said early Monday evening that he would talk with the Maloofs either later Monday night or today to decide what comes next. But beyond Brooks, there are no interviews scheduled with other candidates.

    Just after 1 p.m., Brooks, Petrie and Joe and Gavin Maloof sat in the same red room in the back of the 24/7 Café where Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis was interviewed June 3. Brooks wore a light blue collared shirt, his suit jacket pulled off as they ate. A balloon floated near Brooks that read "Congratulations!" as a high school graduation party -- and perhaps some unintentional fortunetelling -- was taking place.

    At 2:38 p.m., all four men rose and shook hands. Petrie and Brooks headed for the airport, and the Maloofs went to the high limit lounge. Having gambled and lost on Van Gundy, they might be making a safer bet this time.

    "I know that our people in the organization know him, and they like him a lot," Joe Maloof said. "He has the respect of everybody within the organization. Today was very positive."
  2. KellyDwyer

    KellyDwyer Contributing Member

    Aug 30, 2001
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    Guh. Let Petrie run your team, and take your bleached tips back to Vegas, you poncy prats.
  3. Precision340

    Precision340 Member

    Apr 4, 2007
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    Good news for Scottie!!
  4. Williamson

    Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2002
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    I'm excited for him. He's exactly the kind of guy who ends up a good coach - the gym rat who made it in the NBA more because he understood basketball than because he was blessed with the physical tools.
  5. Ziggy

    Ziggy QUEEN ANON

    Jun 11, 1999
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    Ya man those bleached tips are super lame. Whats next a soul patch? :cool:
  6. Sishir Chang

    Sishir Chang Contributing Member

    Nov 12, 2000
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    I always liked Scottie Brooks as a player but played a key role in 1994? If recall right all of his minutes went to Sam Cassell by the playoffs.
  7. tested911

    tested911 Member

    Dec 12, 2002
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    He was the best cheerleader on the Rockts squad.. Go Scotty.
  8. peleincubus

    peleincubus Member

    Oct 26, 2002
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    screw that the dude is only 41 years old. same age as kevin willis and dikembe.

    sign this tenacious guy up for a little PG depth.

    just alston = 1st round exit

    alston + scottie brooks = 3 peat

    i bet he is in real good shape still

    what do you guys think

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
  9. JayZ750

    JayZ750 Contributing Member

    May 16, 2000
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    Good for him....thoguh I wish he was getting the job for a team in the East so I could root for him. Not to mention the new Rockets-Sacramento connection and Artest rumors.
  10. arkoe

    arkoe (ง'̀-'́)ง

    Dec 13, 2001
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    I will never forget him crying when we traded him.
  11. Achilleus

    Achilleus Member

    Aug 30, 2003
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    Scott Brooks must be dancing on the wind right now...

  12. HOOP-T

    HOOP-T Member

    Jan 26, 2000
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    This is funny, in a funny sort of way. I was just flipping channels and ESPN Classis had the 94-95 championship game 7 on versus the Knicks.

    And there he was..........Scotty Brooks. Ahh the memories of that little scrapper.

    Anyway, caught in a nostalgic moment.......carry on.....
  13. weslinder

    weslinder Contributing Member

    Jun 27, 2006
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    OK, do I have to be the first to say it?

    Wrong Forum

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