Scott Brooks Rumors

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An experienced pro such as Markieff Morris recognized the difference immediately, going as far to tell CSNmidatlantic.com that Brooks’ regime that includes lead assistant Tony Brown and Sidney Lowe as a bit “militaristic.” Without hesitation, Jarell Eddie, who is entering his second year in the NBA, agreed with that assessment which is surprising given how inflexible Randy Wittman could be as coach. “He likes structure. He likes every detail to be exactly how he wants it. He lets it be known,” said Eddie who played his only season in Washington under Wittman until he was fired in April. “It is a lot more, ‘This is how we’re going to do things and if you’re not going to do things like that then you better learn how to do it like that.’ That’s the feel I get.”
Unlike Wittman, who stonewalled Jared Dudley at every turn when he tried to be the conduit between the players and coaching staff, Brooks’ tone will be much different. He insists he’ll be tough without being old-school abrasive. “Militaristic, I don’t think I’ve ever been known as that,” Brooks said. “The game is easy if you do it the right way and you play with a great effort and you play together as a team. When you don’t do that, when there’s hidden agendas when there’s other things you have to navigate through, that’s when it becomes difficult and not every fun to be around.”
Brooks suggested that the Thunder was “Golden State before Golden State was Golden State.” “What we had was hard to get back,” Brooks said. “We had a young, dynamic, athletic, long, defensive-minded team that could score. The chemistry that that group had was pretty remarkable. They were all trying to figure out how to play in the NBA, let alone play together in the NBA, but they did. I give a lot of credit to the staff that we had there. We worked on it. I wasn’t like an overnight success.