May 31, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts to a call against the San Antonio Spurs in game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Scott Brooks staying with Oklahoma City Thunder


Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder have been to an NBA Finals and a Western Conference Finals in the last three years, there have been plenty of complaints about head coach Scott Brooks.

Many people believe that the Thunder are not succeeding because of his coaching, but in spite of it. One of the most common complaints is Brooks’ lack of ingenuity in his offense–especially in crunch time. Too often everything comes down to running a high pick and roll or relying on Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook to create something in isolation. Of course, Durant and Westbrook are so supremely talented that often case this works out just fine. Sometimes, however, such as against the San Antonino Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, it just doesn’t work, and the Thunder fall short.

Internally, however, Brooks seems to have plenty of support. The other day, both Durant and Westbrook stood up for Brooks amidst criticism, saying that Brooks was their guy and they fully supported him.

Speaking to reporters today, general manager Sam Presti also backed Brooks, saying that the head coach wasn’t going anywhere.

With Durant and Westbrook both in support of Brooks, it makes sense to keep him around–especially with extensions for both stars looming in the near future. The Thunder are going to have a lot of decisions to make soon, but it seems keeping their head coach is one that’s already been made.


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