Signed by the Lakers before the start of the 1986-87 season, the former Penn State standout appeared in 37 games as a backup. Coming off the bench primarily in support of A.C. Green, Brickowski averaged 11 minutes per game. He was traded midseason, along with Petur Gudmundsson and two future draft picks, to San Antonio for Mychal Thompson. Despite contributing little to a Lakers team that was on its way to winning its fourth title of the decade, Brickowski became a reliable scorer and rebounder for the Spurs. He played a supporting role in the Seattle SuperSonics' run to the 1996 NBA Finals before retiring in 1997.