HoopsHype Scott Brooks rumors


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"You have to have guys that want to be here," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "You have to have guys that are committed. Reggie is obviously a very good player, and he did a lot of good things for us over the years. But he wanted to start. He wanted to be a starting point guard. I don't know if you know this ... but [Russell Westbrook] is pretty good. So it just didn't happen if he wanted to start at the point. But Reggie was good for us, and I have nothing but a lot of good things to say. He's still a young and developing player and we wish him the best." ESPN.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant didn't mince words when talking to the media about the media Saturday in New York at All-Star Weekend. "You guys really don't know s---," Durant told reporters. Durant's striking statement came in response to a question about continued speculation about Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks' job security. Brooks has often fallen under media criticism the past few seasons, but Durant has always been quick to defend his coach, noting during his MVP speech that Brooks doesn't get any credit, "even though you deserve all of it." ESPN.com

January 29, 2015 Updates

On Tuesday night in New York, the Thunder fell to the Knicks 100-92 in a game that was back and forth throughout the night with 18 lead changes. Ultimately, however, the Thunder gave up a 32-point fourth quarter that prevented the Thunder from getting back on the high side down the stretch. Despite holding the Knicks to 44 percent shooting, the Thunder allowed 11 offensive rebounds and gave up 20 points off of 14 turnovers, which was the difference in the game. “They outworked us throughout the game,” Brooks said. “They got offensive rebounds and then they started making threes. We have to do a better job of playing the entire game and playing every possession.” NBA.com

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Players don't question their relationship with you, which seems unique. Someone with the team told me you're the "personal touch" the team has needed through the years, especially for Kevin and Russell. How do you keep the guys motivated? Scott Brooks: I tell the players all the time, "I don't have the answers, you don't have the answers, but let's figure them out together." A lot of times they have great suggestions, and sometimes they don't, and you've got to let them know. I've always felt that the way you establish a relationship with your team is to always have a connection with the guys. I sometimes do free-throw competitions with them, but I'm still learning what really motivates the guys. People always say, "Are you a players' coach or not?" I say, "I'm a fair coach." If you give great effort to the team, I will do everything in my power to make it work. Luckily for me, Kevin, Russell and our leaders are great examples for all of our players. So very rarely do I have to coach the effort and get on guys. Bleacher Report

How alike and different are Kevin and Russell? Scott Brooks: They're both so competitive. Russell shows his competitiveness in a physical presence way. He wants you to know that he's coming at you and he doesn't like you and he doesn't care about what you think, where Kevin's competitiveness comes from, "Watch me. I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do, but I'm going to be better than you." It's really a unique combination and they do a great job of really complementing each other. Early on in their careers, and I still do it occasionally, I put them on different teams in practice to see who can rally their teammates to beat the other guy. And they get after it. It makes the scrimmages much more intense. Bleacher Report

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"We're excited to have him," Brooks said. "He brings a toughness. He brings a scorer. He brings a competitor…It's going to take some time integrate him with our system. It's going to take some time to integrate him with the group, and even with me. There's going to be an adjustment period. We're not going judge him by one shootaround. We're not going to judge him by one game. We have plenty of time to continue to build his habits to make him a better player, day by day. We've always had that approach." USA Today Sports

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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

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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
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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

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