MarShon Brooks is Frustrated, But Not Asking For a Trade... Yet.
In a recent interview with CSNNE's A. Sherod Blakely, former Providence Friar star and current Boston Celtic bench warmed expressed some of his frustration being relegated to the end of Brad Stevens' bench, but also said that it was 'too early' to request a trade from the organization:
MarShon Brooks isn't happy about his end-of-the-bench role with the Celtics, but he says he's not thinking about asking for a trade.
"It's too early for that," he said. "It's way too early for that. I trust (Celtics head coach) Brad Stevens. He told me I'm going to get my opportunity. I'm just waiting on my opportunity."...
Stevens has been pleased with the way Brooks has handled his lack of playing time.
"He's been very positive," Stevens said. "He's had a good way about him the whole time. He's a guy that can come in and impact your team."
"When you don't play for a while, you want to do too much," Brooks said. "Coming in there and try and make an impression. I'm just trying to play team ball, be solid and pick my spots. That's the main thing."
There's a few ways to look at this.
On one hand it seems like a fairly dumb comments, even if he's doing his best to be polite. Brooks entered this league as an undersized off guard with a very specific skill set. Unfortunately for him, that skill set is shared by about a hundred other guys in the league. In that time he's failed to mature as a distributor or defender, so unless his request is to be traded to the d-league, it's hard to see how the Celtics would be able to grant him a trade.
On the other hand, it's easy to see how Brooks - especially as of late - could be frustrated. After playing a little under 13 minutes night for the Nets he was traded to a young(ish) Celtics team that would seemingly give him an opportunity to play even more. Instead, he finds his name below Keith Bogans (!!!) ' name on the depth chart.
Of course playing in the NBA is a dream come true for anyone, but still - this has to be well below where anyone could see Brooks at this point.
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