Scott Brooks Rumors
Yet while former head coaches like Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson are known to have been on the Kings’ radar for quite some time and are currently available, firing Karl now would complicate the process of conducting a more thorough coaching search. The Kings play at the Boston Celtics on Sunday, at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and at the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday before the All-Star break. Whether or not Karl makes it that long remains to be seen.
As Morey made clear, Bickerstaff will have a legitimate chance to make his mark here. But if the losing continues, Morey’s history of being aggressive is almost certain to continue and it remains possible that the Rockets could make another change. To that end, one interesting name is Scott Brooks.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder coach not only has a positive history with Harden, but a storied history with the Rockets from his playing days (he was the backup point guard on their 1994 championship team). But according to a person with knowledge of Brooks’ situation, it’s more likely that he will wait until the summer to see what’s next on the job front. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of Brooks’ situation.
The Lakers job, in particular, is worth watching between now and then in relation to Brooks. With head coach Byron Scott in his second season and the Lakers struggling early (they’re 2-9), it remains to be seen how they see his future in Los Angeles. Brooks, who lives in Southern California and played his college basketball at UC Irvine, would make for an intriguing Lakers possibility.
How are you looking at you and Scott Brooks’ departure from the Thunder? “For me it’s disappointing because the ultimate goal was a championship and we came so close. We were three wins away from bringing this community and this city, these fans, something they deserved in my opinion. The players have worked so hard for it, the core players have been here so long … Russell (Westbrook), Kevin, Serge (Ibaka) and Nick (Collison) have really put a lot into building the culture of this team. I was just personally disappointed that we could never get over the hump because of whatever … being outplayed or injury. But I understand the business and I’ve been in this situation before where new coaches take over. Sometimes it’s unfortunate, but it’s time to move on, find new opportunities and new challenges.”