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Brooks was briefly a Celtic on draft night in 2011
The former Providence guard arrived in town on Wednesday, and worked out at the Celtics practice facility yesterday.  Afterwards he spoke to the media:

From ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:
"I'm just excited, I feel the same exact way [as at July's introductions], just excited for the opportunity to get out there and show my talents and compete for a position. I’m one of the younger guys on the team, I just want to be around. Just to have a relationship with the players that are here and to know exactly what coach Brad Stevens wants. I just have to prove that I can do more than just score, get others involved as well, defend on the other end. It’s a great challenge. It’s what the NBA is all about. And I’m excited about my opportunity."

And more quotes from Brooks about leaving the Nets via Scott Sauza of the Patriot Ledger:
“It’s different. The last two years I’ve been with the same coaching staff and the same guys with strength and conditioning – those type of things – so now I’m just trying to build a relationship with these guys. I think it’s important for me to be around for at least a month going into training camp. It was difficult last year. Just not knowing when you’re going into the game, and things like that. You play two games, not play the next two games. Have a good game, not play after that. But I think it made me stronger, man. I watched Joe Johnson real closely and got an opportunity to practice against him. I think now I’m ready to play. Brooklyn had a lot of scorers. This team has a lot of scorers as well. But I see myself as one of the guys who can create off the dribble and try to make things happen at the end of the shot clock. I feel I can get myself a good look at the rim. But I want to prove I can do more than just score. I want to get others involved, as well as defend.”

Brooks will try to earn playing time at a very crowded shooting guard position; battling for minutes with Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford, and possibly even Keith Bogans.  As a rookie in 2011-2012 Brooks averaged 12.6 points while playing 29.4 minutes per game, but last year with Brooklyn his minutes fell off dramatically (12.5 MPG), and his scoring average dipped to just 5.4 PPG.


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Mark Vandeusen 8/23/2013 09:05:00 AM Edit
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