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Foul Play: Suspect Whistles And Brooks’ Daughter Holding Coach Accountable

Updated: April 22, 2017

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In Bryan Frantz’s excellent Game 2 recap here on TAI, he focused on all the damn whistles that have marred the Atlanta vs. Washington series. The two teams have so far combined for 102 fouls. Washington is committing 27 fouls per game, almost six more than their regular season average of 21.4. The Wizards foul rate per 100 possessions is the highest in the playoffs (26.3%). It was 21.1% in the regular season. Atlanta has attempted 77 free throws to Washington’s 50.

After the Wizards’ practice on Friday, I asked Jason Smith about the difficulties of getting into an offensive flow:

“It is playoff basketball. It is different, you just have to roll with it, deal with the adjustments. Both teams are going to the free throw line a lot. It is harder for us to get out in transition but at the same point, we need to play a little bit better defense to give ourselves an opportunity to get out in transition.”

The Wiz players were obviously frustrated with the NBA ref crew on Wednesday night. When Markieff Morris picked up his fifth foul, he stayed on the scorer’s table for a few possessions, barking at the refs before heading to the bench. Bradley Beal was assessed a technical for complaining due to Kelly Oubre foul on a 50/50 hustle play. John Wall, who racked up 15 technicals this season and was fined recently for ripping the refs after a regular season game against Utah, constantly pleaded his team’s case with each referee. Owner Ted Leonsis had to leave his court-side seat because of the calls. Coach Scott Brooks was fired up at the officiating and he was T’d up.

In his postgame press conference, Brooks predicted that his daughter Lexi would text him about the $2,000 fine that comes along with a technical in the NBA. On Friday, Brooks confirmed to me that the SMS did arrive from his teenage daughter. “She is quick on the text,” Brooks said. “That is what they do, right? I have been called a knucklehead many times by her.” He said that she doesn’t get anything out of it because she can scam him easily.

In his year off of coaching, Brooks turned down NBA media analyst gigs to spend more time with his family. He helped Lexi, a teenager, learn how to drive a car. “As anyone who has been in that position will tell you, it was nerve-racking. It’s difficult teaching a girl to drive, especially when she picks on you all the time.”

This image, from a Washington Post feature, of Brooks jamming to Biebs with Lexi is hilarious:

Finally a family man

Last year wasn’t just about basketball.

Every morning Brooks drove his daughter, Lexi, to school, breaking the ice by blasting Justin Bieber songs.

“To have a 15-year-old girl in your car in the morning,” Brooks says, smiling. “Some days she was nice to me and some days she didn’t say a word.”

He watched USC football games with his son, Chance, an undergrad there. Between Brooks’s training camp visits, the pair went on a road trip for a Trojans game at Notre Dame.

He scheduled a Napa Valley getaway with his wife. And as Sherry Brooks was taking hot yoga classes, there he was three or four times a week, the guy hiding in the back of the room because he couldn’t touch his toes.

His lived the life of a dad and husband.

“And I loved it,” Brooks says.

Brooks realizes that every coach reads from the same script after they lose their jobs. I want to reconnect with family, they all say. But Brooks meant it. He wears colorful woven bracelets on his wrist, signifying the bond with Sherry, Chance, Lexi and Melo, the family’s Portuguese water dog (named after his daughter’s favorite player when Brooks was in Denver).

However, don’t let Brooks family adulation, dry wit, hipster glasses and humble demeanor fool you, this guy is intense during games. The “dark side” referenced by Beal has validity. He is either pissed at his players for missed defensive rotations or angry about bad calls. It appeared that Brooks was on the edge of getting thrown out in Game 2, so I wanted to know of his technical awareness during games after having that one strike.

“I am more upset that I am going to receive that text, more so than anything. But certain times, I try to do a good time at controlling my emotions,” he said. “Sometimes, I let it go over. Times I deserve it, times I don’t. As a team, the last four or five games of the season, plus the playoffs, we have done a great job of just playing basketball.”

Brooks told me that he has never been ejected in the NBA, and was only tossed once in the minor leagues. He coached the Southern California Surf of the American Basketball Association in 2001-02.

So, did he deserved to get tossed? “Absolutely,” Brooks cracked.  “I am just surprised that it didn’t get physical—but, naw, I deserved it.”



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