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]."
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?"