“Great teams focus on what’s important.”
“I failed but I was never defeated. To be able to come back from failure, it defines who you are as a man.”
“The way to get better is to struggle and the way to struggle is to always play against someone older than you or better than you. If you’re always having success, it means you’re not getting better as a player.”
“I just changed some of my habits and the way I lived and the choices I made. It wasn’t easy, but it was something I told myself I wanted to do, so it happened.”
From Mike Bokosky, former assistant coach at UC Irvine on Brooks, the player:
“He wasn’t the fastest guy, but if we did any running drills, he always finished first, just to let everyone know he could win. He had charisma, that competitive quality. He wasn’t loud or going to puff his chest out, but he was a leader really without even knowing it.”
After his dunk over Serge Ibaka:
“He’s a great shot-blocker, so if he blocked my shot, so what? I just went for it.”
On what they look for when college players come in and workout.
“Will they listen. Will they play hard?”
Following a loss in Game 4 of the western conference finals.
“We’ve got to play smarter against such great athletes … small margin of error, and you’d better be smart the way you play. And I think we have to play harder. I think they’re playing more physically than we are. They’re still getting more 50-50 balls and playing with more determination than we did.”
“The combination of what God blessed me with plus my studying, that allows me to be a good on-ball defender. I take on the challenge. I love the competition. If they have confidence in me to do that, that’s great. But also, you have to have confidence in yourself to get it done. Everyone can have confidence in you but if you don’t have confidence in yourself, you’re done.”
“It’s all about winning. If I have to play 33 minutes to win, that’s fine. If I don’t play at all…as long as we win.”
“Relationships with people are what it’s all about. You have to make players realize you care about them. And they have to care about each other and be interested in each other. Then they start to feel a responsibility toward each other. Then they want to do it for each other.”