With the Oklahoma City Thunder failing to make it back to the NBA Finals again, the talk about head coach Scott Brooks and his future with the team has once again picked up.
There have long been complaints with Brooks and his coaching strategy–especially with his seeming lack of ingenuity in the closing minutes. It has lead for many people to call for Brooks to be fired.
Two people who aren’t hoping Brooks is let go, however, are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. After their loss in the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Durant and Westbrook have made some comments about Brooks.
“That’s our guy,” Durant said. “I’m riding with him. I’m riding with him. It’s easy for everybody on the outside to criticize, but once you’re in the fire, once you’re in that arena, those are the guys that matter. The guys that share the blood, sweat and tears, and sleepless nights, those are the guys that count, those are the guys that matter in our book. Everybody on the outside really doesn’t.”
Added Westbrook: “Ever since I’ve been here and Scotty became the coach, he’s done a great job in having confidence in me personally. There’s times where things have gone south and he’s the only that always, always had my back, regardless of what happened. People saying I was doing this or doing that, being selfish, being that, he was always the first person to step up and have my back and support me regardless of what’s going on. I think he does a great job of always staying positive and trusting in our guys and trusting in our team.”
That’s great that Durant and Westbrook are standing up for their coach, but it does seem like maybe it’s time for the Thunder to get another coach.