HoopsHype Scott Brooks rumors


November 4, 2014 Updates

With the experience of deep playoff runs in their early 20s, the Big Three of Durant, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are in their prime winning years now. With Ibaka turning 25 and Durant and Westbrook 26, this very season seemed to be the sweet spot. Instead, it has started out decidedly rotten. No team could expect to lose its two best players and stay afloat for long -- not even the Thunder, an organization that has done so much right in terms of managing small-market limitations and developing a perpetual wave of young talent. "Obviously, with some of our players out, we have to be realistic," Brooks said. "But the two things that never change are to play as hard as you can and play for your teammates." CBSSports.com

The Thunder's D-League team has since relocated to OKC -- and I don't mean that as a joke; the team literally has moved from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, making it an even more convenient and useful player development tool. The reality, of course, is that no amount of planning or player development can prepare a team for the injury wave that has engulfed the Thunder. "We've lost a lot of points out of our lineup – throughout the lineup, not just with Kevin and Russell," Brooks said. "I think the guys have done a good job of stepping up and trying to figure out ways to score for each other." CBSSports.com

And Thunder coach Scott Brooks had been so happy earlier in the day about getting Reggie Jackson back from injury for the Nets game. "Having nine guys is a lot better than eight," Brooks said, having turned to page 373 in the coach's handbook, in the chapter titled, "How to placate the media with gallows humor." Well, now it's back to eight -- and, by the way, Jackson shot 8-for-20 with seven turnovers in his return. "I felt like I let my team down," Jackson said. CBSSports.com

"They will be back soon and we will be whole once again," Brooks said. "I just don't know when. But when that happens, everyone will fit into their roles." CBSSports.com

October 27, 2014 Updates

Royce Young: Scott Brooks on the Thunder's injury run: "Never seen anything like it." As it stands now, they'll have nine available players for Wednesday Twitter @royceyoung

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Durant has led the Thunder to at least the Western Conference finals in three of the last four years. No player logged more minutes than he did last season and his workload over the last five seasons is beyond reproach. “I’d rather have a guy tell the powers-to-be, ‘you know what, I can’t give you my 100 precent effort both mentally and physically,’ because if you don’t you’re not going to help your team,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I have a lot of respect for Kevin stepping up. That was not an easy decision, but he stepped up and said, ‘I wasn’t mentally and physically ready to compete with the 12 guys we had.’ He played a lot of basketball. He’s entitled to have a summer off, right?” NBA.com

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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

June 6, 2014 Updates

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

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