HoopsHype Scott Brooks rumors


January 5, 2015 Updates

Approaching 30, it was Scott Brooks, a former NBA player and current coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who told Hawkins he was good enough to play pro ball. Two weeks later, he received a phone call from the Houston Rockets and beat out four other players to make the cut. His contract was $594,000. On Nov. 22, 2002, Hawkins started against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards. Hawkins says it was the best day of his life, even though the six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls “didn’t respect me at all.” Jordan dared him to shoot the ball. Hawkins made a bucket on his way to scoring a career-high 14 points. Long Beach Press-Telegram

December 30, 2014 Updates
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Westbrook played with more control, his passing became contagious and the Thunder’s role players finally were able to get into a rhythm. The result was a runaway 103-94 Thunder victory. It was the Thunder’s fourth straight win, moving OKC to 9-13 while halting the Cavs’ win streak at eight. Westbrook finished with yet another fabulous all-around effort, scoring a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists, six of which came in the second half. Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots in 36 minutes and helped limit Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving to 20 points on 21 shots. “He’s a force,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook. “He plays at another level than any other point guard in this league.” Oklahoman

December 8, 2014 Updates
December 7, 2014 Updates

Scott Brooks has been restricting Durant’s minutes as he works himself back, playing the superstar only around 30 minutes a night: the first seven minutes and last eight minutes of each half. “I’m used to a certain pattern my whole career,” Durant said. “Just got to adjust and adapt (to the new one). Hopefully it’s only for a few more games.” “I’m still playing 29, 30 minutes,” Durant said. “So I gotta do everything I can do in that time…I just gotta figure out the balance when I’m gonna do certain things and be aggressive.” Oklahoman

November 13, 2014 Updates

Jeff Green broke up the media scrum before the game to give his former coach, Scott Brooks, a hug. “Been a long time since I’ve seen you,” Green told Brooks. “How you been?” “Been good,” Brooks told him. “Shooting a lot of threes, aren’t you?” “Yeah,” Green shot back. “Don’t leave me open. It’s going to continue to go up.” Boston Globe

November 7, 2014 Updates
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

October 13, 2014 Updates
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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

July 8, 2014 Updates

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with coveted free agent Pau Gasol in Southern California on Monday, multiple league sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com, but the team quietly considers it a "long shot" to acquire him. It was the latest in a series of pitches to Gasol by members of the Thunder organization. The courtship began last week with a phone conversation between general manager Sam Presti and the two-time NBA champion on Tuesday, followed up by a tag-team face-to-face appeal from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Wednesday. ESPN.com

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