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Clutch City: Scott Brooks

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:36 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Scott Brooks was the Rockets' No. 1 backup point guard in 1994 -- until rookie Sam Cassell took his job.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Scott Brooks

Position: Guard

Stats in 1993-94 season: 5.2 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 rpg, 0.7 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 3.4 ppg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 rpg, 0.3 spg

His part in Clutch City: For an undrafted, under-six-foot guard out of UC-Irvine, Brooks carved out a 10-year NBA career with six different teams. But his most memorable stop was in Hou-ston, where he spent 2 1/2 seasons as a scrappy reserve behind starter Kenny Smith. For most of the first half of the 1993-94 championship season, coach Rudy Tomjanovich used Brooks as his closer at the point before he gave way to rookie Sam Cas-sell.

After Clutch City: He was traded to Dallas in the only trade-deadline day deal of the 1995 season and thereby missing out on the second Rockets championship. He went on to also play for the Knicks and Cavaliers and retired in 1998. After six-plus seasons in which he took Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals once and the Western Conference finals three times, Brooks was fired as coach of the Thunder in April of 2015. He left as the third winningest coach in Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder history behind Lenny Wilkens and George Karl.