Brooks makes most of new-found playing time

Brooks makes most of new-found playing time
February 22, 2014, 12:00 am
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LOS ANGELES — The way MarShon Brooks burst on to the NBA scene as a scorer a couple years ago with the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, few would have expected his career would have this many turns afterwards.

The third-year guard is now with the Los Angeles Lakers, his fourth NBA team in eight months.

And in his first game, he showcased many of the skills that made him a highly-coveted player coming into the NBA.

Brooks came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points which included eight during a pivotal fourth quarter run that propelled the Lakers to a 101-92 win over the Boston Celtics.

The bulk of Brooks' time this season was spent with the Boston Celtics, a team that Brooks felt at the time would be a perfect fit.

Instead, Brooks spent most of his time on the Celtics bench in addition to a stint with the team's D-League team, the Maine Red Claws.

"I learned a lot in Boston," said Brooks who appeared in just 10 games for the Celtics before being traded to Golden State in January. "It was a humbling experience, obviously, me not getting an opportunity on a team that was struggling while I was there. It was humbling."

But rather than pout, Brooks spent much of his time working with assistant coach Jay Larranaga on his all-around game.

"That was basically what I took from it, continue to work hard through everything," Brooks said.

Although Stevens used Brooks sparingly while in Boston, he spoke glowingly of the former first-round pick prior to Friday's game.

"He would have played for us but we had a logjam at his spot," Stevens said.

Most of the minutes for the Celtics at the shooting guard position went to Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee.

It would seem that in the Lakers, Brooks has found a team that won't harp on what has been Brooks' biggest weakness - defense.

"I think this system is a great fit," Stevens said. "I like MarShon. MarShon was an easy guy to coach. I'm hopeful for him that he finds it to be a great fit for him."

The fit will depend on one thing - playing time - which is something Brooks has not received much of since his rookie season.

"It's getting an opportunity," Brooks said. "That's all."