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Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young

About halfway through the fourth quarter of Houston's overtime win against the Grizzlies Saturday, Rick Adelman subbed for Aaron Brooks. No big deal, just a substitution, right?

Wrong. Brooks, apparently not liking the swap, walked straight past the Rocket bench and into the locker room. Not because he needed some treatment or was injured. Nope, he was just mad about the substitution.

As a result, the Rockets have suspended Brooks for a game, according to the Houston Chronicle. He'll be sitting out Monday's game against the Nuggets and did not travel with the team.

Brooks, who battled injury early on during the season after winning Most Improved last year, has been relagated to a backup role for the Rockets. The reason though is simply because he hasn't played that well at all this year. He's forcing horrible shots and trying to do way too much. Two things that definitely don't fit into Adleman's share-the-ball system.

This type of stuff happens with players. They have egos. They have emotion. Brooks is obviously frustrated with the situation but surely is most frustrated with himself and his play. In the long run, this will be a good thing for him and probably for the Rockets. The team has underachieved and when that sort of thing happens, emotions boil over.

That doesn't excuse it, but it at least makes it understandable.

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:33 pm

Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

The key phrase here is:  "This type of stuff happens with players. They have egos."

Well, these egos are what's killing the NBA. Most people i know don't watch basketball anymore because it's a bunch of "gangstas" with egos and wallets the size of the Chrysler building. And they care about nothing but money and their stats. Screw the fans right?

You're an ass Brooks. You're a grown man and a professional. Act accordingly.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:11 pm

Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

What a novel idea. Ain't happening too soon, coddled and accountability, now whose side you on. It's about money, conflicted of course.  

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:10 pm

Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

I agree to an extent destiny_driven, but unfortunately, the players union and the collective bargaining agreement would never let the player be suspended for the entire year and especially not without pay.  The whole CBA needs to be rewritten, but it never will be.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:08 pm

Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

But you must note that you best players in then NBA ARE PRIMA DONNAS.

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:04 pm

Aaron Brooks suspended for walking off court

 This Yeah, we'll see how good that plan goes...or you could just bench him (like they're doing already). This isn't prison, we don't have to set examples for "general population"; they're playing ball! He was mad and acted emotionally (because players are sometimes known to play with emotion - I know, right?), and they benched him for being a hot air balloon. Thats it; there's no meeting with Daniel Stern or the organization or anything dramatic, because this happens with BASKETBALL PLAYERS! Did "this guy" ever play the game? And if he did, did he ever get to college or the NBA? If not, then why does he want people out for the season without pay? Don't you think he's taking this a little too far? I'm just sayin'...

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:49 pm

Suspend the Fracker for the Year!

Don't just slap his wrist.  It is time to send a message to prima donna, selfish players.  Disrespect the coach and team pubically and you don't play the rest of the season.  Oh, yes, you don't get paid either.  We'd see a huge turn around in the number of these type of unnecessary displays.

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