How Nolan Smith got Scott Brooks a ring
Long before Thunder coach Scott Brooks was watching Nolan Smith walk drive through the lane, he was watching him walk down the aisle.
Former 76ers teammates with Smith’s late father, Derek, Brooks made Nolan the ring bearer in his wedding.
Smith doesn’t remember, “but I do have pictures,” he said. “I was pretty young.”
But there are plenty of things about Brooks that Smith does remember. The two remained close long after the day of matrimony, and Brooks continues to have an influence Smith’s life.
“Throughout the years, leading up till now, we’ve always had communication,” Smith said. “He talked to me during my college times, would send gifts on Christmas, and has always given advice.”
Brooks seemed pleased when he found at that Smith would get his first NBA start Tuesday, a decision that was made about an hour and a half prior to the game. He has watched Nolan mature over the years and wants to see him to well…to a certain point.
“I hope he does…OK tonight,” Brooks said.