Just two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were on top of the floor.
Although the Thunder were eliminated by the Miami Heat in five games, they overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals against the Heat. A year later, the Thunder decided against giving guard James a Harden a giant extension and wound up dealing him to the Houston Rockets. Instead, they gave extensions to forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook, which was expected. They also signed big man Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $49.4 million deal.
Last year, the Thunder were able to defeat the Houston Rockets in the first round of the postseason, but largely due to a knee injury that kept Westbrook out of the series, they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies. This year, the Thunder were able to take down the Grizzlies in seven games and then hold off the Los Angeles Clippers in six games to return to the Conference Finals where they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in six games.
That has led many to speculate about the future of head coach Scott Brooks.
Thunder players have quickly come to the defense of Brooks with Durant recently endorsing Brooks.
“That’s our guy,” Durant said. “I’m riding with him.”
Our friends over at Bovada have been kind enough to send over their odds on whether or not Brooks will return to the Thunder next season.
Will Scott Brooks be the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Yes -500 (1/5)
No +300 (3/1)
Brooks, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers from 1988-1998, became an NBA assistant in 2003 and was named the Thunders’ head coach in 2008. The 2010 NBA Coach of the Year has posted a regular season record of 293-170 and a postseason record of 39-34.