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The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Darko Rajakovic as assistant coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA D-League affiliate. “Darko’s diverse basketball background, knowledge of the game and ability to develop players at a high level were clearly apparent during his time in Tulsa, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to add him to our staff,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks. “His understanding of the core tenants of what we do, thanks to his time in Tulsa, will maintain a level of consistency that we value and his various head coaching experiences internationally will provide another layer to our coaches.” NBA.com

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In his first public comments since the conclusion of the Thunder’s season, Sam Presti on Thursday ended all speculation surrounding Scott Brooks. The general manager said the coach is coming back. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said at his annual season-ending news conference. “I understand we all have a tendency to look at the last game or the last series. I respect that. That’s part of sports. I can’t do that. I’m looking at a body of work. I’m looking at an understanding of what drives our success and the way in which we’ve gotten to this point.” Oklahoman

The Thunder journeyed to the Western Conference Finals this year for the third time in four seasons and came two wins shy of reaching the NBA Finals. In the process, OKC won 59 games and captured its fourth straight Northwest Division championship. “We’ll never take for granted, in Oklahoma City, the opportunity to raise a banner in Chesapeake Arena, as we did with our fourth division title,” Presti said. “We won’t take for granted 59 wins. Those are things that we respect, we cherish and most importantly we understand will be hard to replicate.” Oklahoman

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Asked specifically what he needs to improve, Brooks dodged the question. He said he needs more time to reflect since the season just ended and then declined to go into details. “We want to get better on both ends of the court,” Brooks said. “But as the days go by, a few weeks go by, I will be able to identify those things that I want to get better at myself.” Oklahoman

Scott Brooks says he's not worried about his job security. Should he be worried? Nope. Not unless the Thunder do something completely out of character and start taking their cues from the Twitterverse on who can and can't coach. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that won't happen. I'm going to suggest it's far likelier that the Thunder, who preach culture-building and continuity more than any team in the league outside of San Antonio's city limits, will continue to back Brooks. Strongly. ESPN.com

After a meteoric rise from a team with potential to perennial title contender, the Thunder have had the weight of expectations placed squarely upon them. And at the front of that is Brooks. "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,' " he said. "They say you can't worry about what 'they' say. You never even meet those people. ESPN.com

Knicks coaching candidate Derek Fisher finally revealed his desire to be a head coach. He said it’s his “calling’’ during an emotional 20-minute press conference Sunday, the day after his Thunder were eliminated by the Spurs from the Western Conference finals. During what sounded like a farewell chat with the media at the Thunder’s practice facility, the 39-year-old Fisher acknowledged the timing isn’t perfect in terms of jumping into the coaching fray but added, “That’s how the world works nowadays.” He said new Knicks president Phil Jackson’s involvement adds “layers’’ to his decision. New York Post

Brooks: "I have many stories I could tell you about my mom, and that's one of them. Don't worry about them. Those are the people that told me I wasn't going to make it as a 4-11 freshman in high school, my dream of being an NBA player. I don't listen to 'they.' I always focus on what I do and try and do it to the best ability I can. I'm not looking from nobody other than doing my job and living with the results. I love what I do, and I love the team I'm with. I know I have to get better and I know the team has to get better." ESPN.com

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The Spurs took the opener 122-105 Monday night because they took full advantage of Ibaka's absence, racking up a staggering 66 points in the paint against a Thunder team that simply couldn't find enough counters. Derek Fisher's long-range game kept them within striking distance early, when Thunder coach Scott Brooks spent so much time flipping through his playbook, now missing the crucial Ibaka pages. USA Today Sports

"We're a no-excuse team," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "Serge is out. He's not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we're not going to make an excuse." USA Today Sports

Collison said he would understand if Brooks wants to go small with the lineup and put him back in his reserve role. "If coach doesn't feel like that lineup is good or whatever, then that's up to him," he said. "But for me personally, I'm just trying to get in there and do what I do well and try to get to the right spots and make the right plays." USA Today Sports

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