Following elimination from the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the wolves were out, attacking how well Scott Brooks handled his Oklahoma City Thunder team in the playoffs. But in the exit interviews, Brooks let it be known that he isn’t worried about his job security.
“It’s something I don’t even consider,” Brooks said. “I just do my job every day. I’ve had a lot of valuable lessons from my mother, and she’s always told me this: ‘You do your job every day and live with the results. They say you can’t worry about what ‘they’ say. You never even meet those people.”
Brooks is far from perfect as he has his gripes like every other head coach. With two of the ten best players in the NBA, Brooks has failed to create an offensive system that doesn’t solely rely on those two going nova. They run one action which often leads into an isolation set, doesn’t do best to put his role players into great positions nor has the sixth-year head coach implemented any ways to make those involved on the weak side of the basketball play effective. These qualms have made it easy for his naysayers to make themselves known as he’s provided many opportunities for critics to point out his flaws.
But there isn’t any reason to think that the Oklahoma City Thunder are prepared to move on from Brooks. Removing him and hiring a better coach is the solution that the majority folk come to in regards to the Brooks-Thunder relationship, but there isn’t just a handful of better coaches sitting around in free agency. Jeff Van Gundy exists, but it doesn’t seem like he’s ready to stop from behind the booth for a coaching job and George Karl’s health remains a serious question. Assistant head coaches are out of the question as this group doesn’t need a maybe at the coach. They need someone who can get it done right now and Brooks has shown flashes of being and not being that guy.
The chances of Oklahoma City moving on from Brooks decreases as Kevin Durant has stepped up and said that Brooks is their guy.
“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.”
With Durant’s free agency arriving in two years, the franchise will want to do little to make him unhappy as his departure could create years of ineptness for OKC.