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Scott Brooks is a coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who had a brilliant career as a player, playing for six NBA teams, even though he was undrafted in the 1987 NBA Draft which he had declared for. He also won the NBA title with Houston Rickets in 1994.
His coaching career began in the minor leagues before he debuted in the NBA as an assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets. Today, having made a name for himself in the six seasons he spent at the Oklahoma City Thunder, he has become a top coach in the league and now works as the head coach of the Washington Wizards.
Scott Brooks’ Biography
Scott William Brooks was born on July 31, 1965, to Lee and George Brooks in French Camp, California. He was raised by his mother alone as his father George, abandoned the family when he (Scott) was only two years old and never looked back. He grew up as the youngest of his six siblings, with his mom having to work almost three jobs to put food on the table for them. Scott Brooks attended East Union High School, Manteca, California and fell in love with basketball which he played in high school till he graduated in 1983.
He enrolled at Texas Christian University where he spent one year before joining San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California on a transfer for his second year and then transferred again to the University of California, Irvine where he graduated from in 1987. Despite his frequent transfers, Scott still found time to play his basketball during his college year. As a freshman in Texas Christian University, he teamed up with the Horned Frogs, the men’s basketball team of TCU and kicked off his collegiate career.
He played his sophomore season with the San Joaquin Delta College basketball team and when he transferred to the University of California, he continued playing in his junior and senior seasons before entering the 1987 NBA Draft upon graduation.
Scott Brooks dreamt of a successful NBA career which will kick off with his being selected by an NBA franchise in the 1987 NBA Draft which he was part of. He couldn’t think of it any other way; that was the only route he could possibly take to become a basketball star. So you could imagine his bewilderment when he came off as an undrafted agent by the time the draft was concluded.
However, he was tapped by the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in the 2nd round of the 1987 CBA draft as a point guard and after leading the Patroons to victory in the league in his rookie season, he would find himself back on his dream path in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1988. His NBA career saw him also play for the Minnesota Timberwolves (reuniting with his Albany Patroons coach, Bill Musselman in 1990-92), Houston Rockets (1992-95), Dallas Mavericks (1995-96), New York Knicks (1996-97), and Cleveland Cavaliers (1997-98).
An injury to his right knee in 1998 was the reason he did not play for a 7th NBA team as even though he was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers for the 1998-99 season, he never played a single game for them due to his injury. He would move on to the Los Angeles Stars of the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2000 with his only NBA championship title coming in 1994 when he won it with the Rockets.
His role in the ABA league was a dual one as he also served as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Star, and that is how his coaching career began. He coached another ABA side, Southern California Surf before heading back to the NBA to work with the Denver Nuggets in 2013 as an assistant coach. After three years with the Nuggets, Brooks joined the Sacramento Kings in 2016, still as an assistant coach and worked with them for one year before moving to the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) at the start of the 2007-08 season to work under P.J. Carlesimo.
Scott Brooks got his first job as a head coach (with Oklahoma City Thunder) when he replaced Carlesimo on an interim basis. Carlesimo was fired in 2008 and after the 2008-09 season, Scott was named permanent coach of the Thunder. He led the team (which boasted of and Russell Westbrooks) to the playoffs in his rookie season (2009-10) as a permanent head coach on the back of a 50-win season, earning him the NBA Coach of the Year accolade that season. He also led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals but they lost out to the Miami Heat.
He was given a multi-year contract in 2012 worth $18 million, however, after missing out on the playoffs for the first time (in six full seasons) since he took over as head coach, Scott Brooks was shown the door in 2015 – a move that rocked the NBA. But he goes down as one of the best coaches (by win rate) the Oklahoma City Thunder has ever had in history.
Despite the fact that a number of clubs reached out to him, seeking to land his signature, Scott Brooks instead decided to take a one-year break and spend time with his family. He came back in 2016 and was signed by the Washington Wizards for the 2016-17 season in a five-year deal worth $35 million.
Who is Scott Brooks’ Wife? Daughter, Family
The Washington Wizards head coach is married to his high school sweetheart, Sherry Silvey. They had met in Eastern Union High School, California where they both attended high school and remained friends until they got married on January 27, 1993. They had the wedding on a beach – Pebble Beach – in the presence of family and friends before jetting off to Europe for their honeymoon.
The couple has two kids together; a son named Chance Brooks, who studied at the University of South Carolina and a daughter, Lexi Brooks.
Scott Brooks’ mother, Lee Brooks died of Stage 4 cancer in 2013 at the age of 79.
His father, George Brooks was a salesman. Though he abandoned the family, he tried to reach out to Scott when he turned 18, but young Scott rebuffed the attempt – something he says he regrets today as his father is no more.
Scott’s net worth is estimated at $10 million. His contract with the Washington Wizards, however, is worth $35 million and his salary is a whopping $7 million per annum.
Brooks is known to wear three bracelets on his wrists which he says signifies each member of his family – his wife and two kids.
His body measurements are as follows; height: 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) and weight: 165 lb (75 kg).
He is said to look like Marty Seamus McFly; a fictional character in the Back to the Future series.
Scott Brooks was inducted into the University of California Hall of Fame in 2001.