MarShon Brooks has been outspoken since the trade about the fact that he wasn’t given a fair chance with the Brooklyn Nets last year. While with New Jersey he was one of the team’s few bright spots, but he never got much of an opportunity with either Avery Johnson or P.J. Carlesimo last season and he’s, perhaps rightly, upset about it.
That’s old news, the new news is that Brooks was supposedly so upset that he asked the Nets to trade him, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
According to multiple sources, Brooks had communicated to the Nets that he wanted to be dealt. Brooks didn’t go that far while opening up in an interview with the Daily News on Tuesday, but he outlined some of his frustrations under Avery Johnson and PJ Carlesimo.
“I wasn’t really sure with (Jason Kidd becoming coach). I didn’t know what to expect. Last year obviously we knew what was going on, it was so rocky, I didn’t know if I was playing. There just wasn’t any structure to any of my minutes,” Brooks said. “So it was kind of hard for me to perform under those circumstances and obviously I didn’t want to be in that situation next year.”
Brooks also was hurt by the fact that Johnson supposedly pulled him out of the rotation for defensive reasons, but that the sentiment was never communicated to him. Instead, he had to find out about it on the team’s reality show, “The Association”.
“That’ll be one thing if he was pulling me in my office and saying that. But he was clearly – I guess he wanted everybody to know. Because everybody was like, why isn’t this guy playing?” Brooks said. “He never really pulled me in the office and said, ‘This is what I want from you and blasé, blasé, blasé.’ I found out through ‘The Association’ like everybody else. We knew (defense) was something I have to work on. Offense comes easy. I have to work hard on the defensive end. That’s something I knew but he told the world.”
Brooks obviously was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics along with Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Keith Bogans for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. So far Brooks hasn’t gotten a ton of playing time in Boston. Jordan Crawford, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee are all competing with him for time at the two-guard.
In his first two seasons in the NBA, both with the Nets, Brooks averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per 36 minutes with an effective shooting percentage of 47.2.