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Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  14 responses

Rockets Suspend Aaron Brooks for Early Exit

Brooks, unhappy with having been taken out of the game in the fourth quarter on Saturday night, walked straight to the locker room instead of sitting on the bench. Houston has punished him with a one-game suspension. From the Chronicle: “Frustrated for weeks about his diminished role, Rockets guard Aaron Brooks will have no role at all tonight against the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets suspended Brooks for one game for leaving the court in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center, general manager Daryl Morey said. Morey said he would have no additional comment. Brooks did not travel with the Rockets to Denver on Sunday. Rookie guard Ish Smith will be recalled from the NBA Development League in time to join the team in Denver. Brooks was taken out of Saturday’s game with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter, but instead of heading to the bench, he went to the locker room. Brooks has said he had been frustrated with his role coming off the bench and with his play but had gotten over it. He was not available for comment Sunday. The tension among Rockets players has seemed to become an increasing issue in recent weeks, with coach Rick Adelman working to squeeze Brooks into the backcourt rotation, often closing games with Brooks and Kyle Lowry playing together. That has limited the minutes of several players, most notably Courtney Lee off the bench and Kevin Martin late in games.”

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Adelman’s got a tough situation with all the guards.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    And it doesn’t help when guys act like this. Unless the coach has a personal beef with you, I truly believe that if you deserve to play you will play. Sometimes you just have to wait your turn. But pouting, complaining and leaving the court before the game is over won’t help.

  • T-Money

    I can see it from Brook’s perspective. He’s go more talent than all the perimeter players combined except Martin.

  • Zeiram

    @T-Money
    What Rockets backcourt are you watching? Seriously with Martin in the mix Brooks will never get back to starting. Lowry is way superior defensivly and a steadier point court who supplements the Moongoose perfectly (I love nickname for Martin), while Brooks skills are superfluous in that lineup. Now if he were a good soldier he would help them tremendously by being a very good sixth man but he has no interest in that. So just trade his ass out for picks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Good for Houston for not making exceptions. Put those guys in their place.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Aaron Brooks, maybe if you shot more than 36% the coach would consider you. If you think you deserve to be played with that horrid percentage then maybe you should try a different League.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Moose= David Stern.. Let our players do whatever they want, they are millionaires, don’t need to be held down by “the man” anymore.. (jk)

  • youngmuggsy

    Mike James 2.0

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Definitely not… T-Money is right in that Brooks has a reason to be frustrated. But Lowry has been playing really well and Brooks is still recuperating from his injury.
    Also, Terrence Williams is a guy the Rockets will HAVE to find minutes for in the future, but right now they’re lucky he joined the team later and Adelman has glued him to the bench. Expect Williams to play a bigger role for the Rockets in the near future–he’s a phenomenal talent.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BossTerry, you’re obviously a Miami fan. haha

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Sorry Teddy, I agree with Zeiram. Brooks should either ask for a trade or shut the hell up. Lowry works better.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Looks like the Rockets are starting some Ish.

  • cbooplay

    We may have seen the best that Brooks has to offer, now what marginal success he has achieved, he has let go to his head and has over valued himself and his position. He has lost sight of the little things that have gotten him to where he is now and has taken on an air of entitlement. This does not bode well for his continued development.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Haha. Not exactly. I dont HATE Bron or the Heat like a lot of people do, but wouldn’t mind seeing them fall flat on their faces come playoff time.

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