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Brooks says thanks with free car washes
Family member Michele Brazil Ballard helps direct car wash traffic Friday at Dribbles Car Wash. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

You can score this Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. with a free express exterior car wash as Scott Brooks celebrates the 15th anniversary of the opening Dribbles Car Wash at 780 N. Main. St.
“It’s my way of saying thank-you to the people of Manteca who have supported us over the years,” said Brooks who is now coaching the Washington Wizards of the NBA.
Brooks was named the NBA coach of the year in 2011 after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to their best season ever.  He’s a former NBA player who was on the 1994 Houston Rockets championship team. The 5-foot-11 point guard and East Union High standout also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brooks credits Charles Oakley — his teammate while playing for the Knicks — for explaining to him the ins and outs of the car wash business.
“Some of the workers have been with me for 12 to 13 years,” Brooks said. “They are great workers who treat customers well. They’re family to me.”
Brooks credits much of his success to his late mother Lee.
His mom, when she was working for the old Browning Automotive on Yosemite Avenue in Lathrop, had hired him as a teen to work in the store. She ended up firing him for not being to work on time.
“I owe a lot to my mom for teaching me a lot about life including the importance of a good work ethic,” Brooks said.
Brooks worked numerous summer jobs growing up including working in the fields around Lathrop as well as mowing lawns.
He said he was also fortune to have former East Union High varsity boys basketball coach Bill Stricker as a coach and role model.
“I tell young players (at basketball) clinics I work to listen and do what their coaches tell them,” Brooks said., “I was lucky to have a coach like Stricker who said and did the right things.”
As for the car wash business, Brooks said Manteca is “pretty competitive” with 14 car washes.
“There’s probably a few too many,” he said.
He was quick to add the competition in Manteca is tough noting players such as Prime Shine that is opening a second location and others do solid jobs for their customers.
That said, he stressed Dribbles Car Wash is competitive with anyone in Manteca and has a courteous, helpful, and professional staff. He added that in addition to the staff washing cars there are six self-serve bays “that are the best value in Manteca at $2.”
 The free express car washes are Sept. 12-15 from 3 to 6 p.m. only.

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