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Brooks okay with 'all-black' Wizards bit, but his daughter has a request

Brooks okay with 'all-black' Wizards bit, but his daughter has a request

Wizards' head coach Scott Brooks is perfectly fine with his team's collective agreement to all wear black to their Tuesday night game against the Boston Celtics (6:30 p.m. on CSN), a team they have a budding rivalry with.

Brooks, in fact, remembers a similar time in his own career, in 1997 when he was with the New York Knicks.

"When I heard about it, the first thing I thought about was when I was a player with the Knicks. I thought I was pretty cool. I had a nice little hairstyle. We got together as a team that we were going to shave our heads. I was like 'you've gotta be kidding me. Do you know what I'm going to look like?' I was a reckless little kid with many scars and dents in my head. It was not going to look good. But I took one for the team and shaved it down as much as I could without it completely embarrassing my family's name. So, I'm glad the players didn't go that route. Marcin [Gortat], he wouldn't have minded. Some guys [might have]."

[RELATED: VIDEOS: Wizards arrive in all black for Celtics game]

Brooks, now a 51-year-old coach, says he understands what the players are going for. As long as it doesn't get in the way of their performance, he's cool with the initiative.

"It makes for a good narrative. I get that. It's fun. It's January and we're excited about playing a game. But I like the fact that our guys are coming together. Whatever they wear, it doesn't matter," he said. "I like the fact that the guys came together and are doing something as a team. We talked about doing everything together and we've seen it all year. Guys going out to dinner together, hanging together on the road. Whether they wear black or whatever, as long as they play hard like they have been doing since the start of the season."

Will Brooks be participating in the all-black movement? It sounds like his daughter won't let it happen.

"My daughter texted me and she said 'do not wear your black jeans because you kind of look a little chunky in them. If you have kids, you know that they don't hold back. So, I wore my blue ones tonight," he said.

Brooks, in fact, isn't quite sure what the big deal is. He sees players wearing black all the time.

"The style nowadays is black. You watch both teams, 90 percent of the players are going to be wearing tight, black jeans. Skinny jeans are in, right? Right?"

Right.

[RELATED: Celtics on Wizards wearing all black: 'That's cute']

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks describes Kobe Bryant's impact on the sports world

Wizards coach Scott Brooks describes Kobe Bryant's impact on the sports world

The news of Kobe Bryant's death shook sports fans everywhere on Sunday, after multiple reports confirmed he was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles. 

The DC sports world reacted to the shocking news on social media along with the rest of the country not limited to just sports personalities.

Before the Wizards took on the Hawks in Atlanta Sunday night, Scott Brooks fought back tears when discussing Bryant and his overall impact. 

"Words can’t describe and it doesn’t do any justice to who he is and how he impacted the sports world," Brooks said. "The guy had a mentality that you want your team to play with."

Brooks' family lived nearby Bryant's, as their kids went to the same school. From time to time, Brooks said he spent time with Bryant in the offseason. Brooks never coached Bryant, but he spent years competing against his Lakers teams. 

"Not many guys, if any, played the game better," he said.

Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the same team in the LA Lakers. He won five championships, two Finals MVPs, one MVP award and was named to an All-NBA team 15 times. 

2020 marks the fifth year since Bryant retired from the NBA, meaning he's eligible to be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in February. 

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DC sports world reacts to Kobe Bryant's death

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DC sports world reacts to Kobe Bryant's death

Multiple news outlets reported Sunday that NBA legend and lifetime Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash outside LA.

The news put the entire sports community in a state of shock. Many D.C. athletes, coaches and executives spoke to the media or posted on Twitter to express their emotions after the news broke.

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