MarShon Brooks has talent. He wants to use that talent. But his minutes have been few and far between. He got a brief shot the other night and it is not certain if he'll get another shot soon.
Opportunity did call for Brooks on Saturday in Milwaukee, when he scored four points in as many minutes. But opportunity can be that fleeting for a player like Brooks. Courtney Lee’s sprained knee got him some minutes, and Lee could be back in the lineup tonight against the Bucks at the Garden.
Some speculate that his next big chance to break into the rotation is when Rondo returns and the whole fruit basket is overturned. Brooks might make more sense paired with other players like Rondo than with the current mix. On the other hand, if that's the case you'd like to see Brooks getting at least some minutes to get his legs under him.
For now he'll have to study hard in film sessions and work hard in the limited practice time that they have. Plus, he needs to keep a positive attitude. Sounds like he's got that last part down.
Asked about Brooks' attitude despite a limited role, Stevens noted, "I think he’s been good. He’s been very positive. He’s had a good way about him the whole time. He’s a guy that can come in and impact your team. He was sitting over there ready the other night. You could see it. And I was going to put him in earlier and then we kind of went on a little run and I said, if it starts going the other way at all, you’re going in. He did a nice job while he was in."
In a similar situation many would request a trade. In fact, if you had told me that Brooks had requested a trade I wouldn't have been shocked in the least and I'm not sure that I would have blamed him either. But it sounds like he's happy to remain patient.
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."
Good for him. Hopefully he gets his shot eventually.