Lathrop native Scott Brooks coached the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night because he said it's what his mother would have wanted. Lee Brooks died Saturday night. She was 79.
Brooks, who led the Thunder to the NBA Finals last season, has often credited his mother for his success. The story of how she raised seven children after their father left the family when Scott Brooks was a toddler has been widely told.
"I appreciate the thoughts and prayers that are with my family," Brooks said in a statement before the game. "I know my mom would want me to coach tonight's game and I do so to honor her memory and all that she meant to me as a mother and as an invaluable role model."
Oklahoma City's six-game winning streak was snapped by the Denver Nuggets, 121-118.
BISPO WINS FIRST PRO SWIM RACES
Sunday was a big day for Modesto's Karlee Bispo. The Downey High and University of Texas graduate won two events at the Arena Austin Grand Prix, good for $500 each. Equally as exciting, Bispo finished both races in personal best times.
She won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 9.37 seconds. Then she outtouched Olympics champion Missy Franklin to win the 200 medley in 2:12.49, using a big lead she opened in the breaststroke leg, according to a SwimSwam.com report. Franklin was second in 2:12.57, her third best career time.
As part of USA Swimming's eight-year partnership with Arena, the Grand Prix Series awards prize money to the top three finishers in each race. The next meet is Feb. 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. The series concludes June 2 in Santa Clara. Bispo is training for this summer's national championships in Indianapolis and world championships in Barcelona. Franklin won four events in Austin and fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte won the 200 medley.