Brooks was 2 when his dad abandoned seven children. He never learned much about the man. Brooks heard that he was a salesman, or something like that; he still doesn’t know. When Brooks was 18, his father tried to reach out. Brooks shut it down. When telling this story, of the only time he closed his heart to a stranger, Brooks pinches his right arm and his voice softens with regret. “I never allowed him. I actually said some things I don’t want to repeat to him but I felt that was the right thing to do,” Brooks says, “and if I had to do it all over, I would’ve listened.”
Lee was 79 and healthy. She never took a sick day in her life because if she didn’t work, then seven kids didn’t eat. However, that month the family learned she had Stage 4 cancer. The morning after a win in Dallas, Brooks rushed back to California. Thirty minutes after he arrived at the hospital, his mother died. Suddenly, his greatest childhood fear swept over him like a wave: If something ever happened to mom, I’d have no one to take care of me. His inspiration was now gone, but Brooks stopped thinking about himself. He followed the instinct to fight through the pain and hopped a flight to Denver. He had a game to coach. “I went back to work the next day because I knew that’s what she wanted. But for me, that’s another regret,” Brooks says. “I [should’ve] took some time off.”
Through his progressive comeback from double knee surgery, Washington Wizards guard John Wall has dashed through fast breaks, dunked off one foot and flaunted his normal athleticism. Now, Wall’s working to do all this for longer than eight minutes. “I’m in shape to play a certain amount of minutes at a time but not play like I had in the past,” Wall said after Monday’s practice. “I don’t think I’m in that type of shape but the good thing is I can look at coach and sub myself out.”
Ever wonder what an $111 million NBA contract looks like? Well, here you go … courtesy of Gilbert Arenas. The ex-NBA star filed the complete 2008 contract he signed with the Washington Wizards in his family law case … a contract which was supposed to pay $111 mil over 6 years. As Arenas put it, “Amnesty kicked in” — and the payouts were stretched over 8 years instead. His final installment will hit his bank account on Oct. 31st.