|ESPN.com: NBA Playoffs 2010||[Print without images]|
|Kevin Durant shut down Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter of Game 3.|
Brooks, who then described himself as "happily married for 17 years," made it clear he's not concerned about whatever curse the award may carry. "My point is, everyday is a great day, and we have to keep getting better and keep helping our team win. I'm not worried about tomorrow." Brooks was reminded how reluctant he was to criticize players while still in the league. That's since changed upon becoming a coach, but as he noted, his players have made the transition to task master an easy one. "Our guys, very rarely do I have to get on them about effort, which is great," Brooks said. Brooks was quick to offer credit to several other for his coaching success, starting with his mother, who raised Brooks and six siblings by herself. "She's taught me a lot of great, valuable lessons. Things she didn't tell me, I saw her do it. That was a valuable lesson. Sometimes you can tell somebody what to do, but it's more important to show them with your actions. I saw her do it every day." Brooks' staff also received praise, as well as Thunder fans, who took to the franchise from the minute it arrived in Oklahoma City from Seattle. "They see the effort that we're giving and they enjoy that," Brooks said. "Even last year, with all the tough losses that we had, they were behind us and supported us. We all know that's not easy to do when your team is 3-29 and things aren't looking very good at that moment. They kept coming out and supporting us. They love our guys, and they should."