Scott Brooks Rumors
“When you look at Scotty Brooks and what he did, and George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and then Tom, that’s the climate,” Rivers said. “Listen, we are in a tough profession and we know it when we take the job. It’s easier to change one [coach] than 12 [players] or 15, and it’s easier to change a coach than a front office. I think we all know that. That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way it looks like it’s always going to be. But it’s tough and there’s a lot of good coaches losing their jobs over stuff. Usually it’s not in basketball. Part of it is relationship, but it’s got to be a two-way street. It’s just a tough atmosphere right now in that regard.”
Among the best Thunder-related things happening in the Finals, however, is a reunion with former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Slater wrote about Perkins for Thursday’s Oklahoman, but had some leftovers. Prior to Game 1, Perkins was asked his thoughts on Scott Brooks’ firing. “I was surprised. I was surprised. You can have all the talent you want. But one thing about Scotty is he won games,” Perkins said. “A lot of people talk about the offense, but he allowed KD and Russ to play their games. He let them play with a lot of freedom. But sometimes, I guess, you just gotta roll with a new voice. I wish them nothing but the best.”
The Thunder are expected to retain Mark Bryant, Darko Rajakovic and Adam Harrington off former coach Scott Brooks’ staff. ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman has reported that Anthony Grant will follow Donovan from Florida to be an assistant with the Thunder.
Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, meanwhile, has passed on the opportunity to interview for any of the league’s three vacancies, amid a strong belief in coaching circles that Brooks is prepared to sit out a year to focus on family and try his hand at TV work.
Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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Although sources have not confirmed, potential candidates for the Pelicans’ vacancy could include former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Warriors current lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant and former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, former Sacramento Kings and Pelicans assistant Mike Malone, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin,University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy.
For what it’s worth, however, a person with knowledge of Brooks’ situation said there were no inquiries made regarding Brooks’ potential interest in the Pelicans job before Williams was fired. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.
While Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is the leader in the Orlando Magic vacant coaching clubhouse, Scott Skiles and Scott Brooks are still in contention. I’m hearing the Magic job is Thibodeau’s if he so desires, although some basketball insiders are speculating New Orleans could be Thibodeau’s preferred landing spot. Skiles hasn’t coached since being jettisoned by the Bucks in January of 2013, but has a huge fan in Richard DeVos, the Magic owner.
This week, the Nuggets turn up the heat on their search for a new coach. The process is expected to take most if not all of the month. The Nuggets are looking to replace Brian Shaw, who was fired in the second half of the season. Their list of candidates is believed to include, but is not limited to Melvin Hunt, who took over as interim head coach when Shaw was fired; former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni; Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry; and Scott Brooks, recently fired as Oklahoma City coach. The Nuggets are looking for a coach who will institute a fast-paced style.
If the Magic indeed want to see whether Thibodeau becomes available, the Magic know the Bulls’ postseason run might last into mid-June. In that worst-case scenario, interviewing candidates such as Skiles or Brooks now would subject those candidates to a potentially long and embarrassing stretch while the Magic wait for the Bulls’ postseason to end.
One week after the Oklahoma City Thunder general manager made the cold and calculated decision to fire longtime coach Scott Brooks, he was zeroing in on Florida’s Billy Donovan to serve as successor while making it abundantly clear how he sees this next era unfolding. Donovan not only checks all kinds of boxes that were apparently keeping Presti up night – offensive creativity in addition to defensive capability, top-to-bottom synergy when it comes to basketball beliefs, in-game adjustments and the like – but he’s a big enough name in the game that landing him would send an impressive and important message to his team’s stars.
League sources often joked that Brooks was Presti’s guy because he’d allow Presti to have a huge amount of input into the entire process, much more input than almost any other coach would allow. As Brooks gained more and more comfort in his role, his willingness to be steered, in many ways, diminished.
Presti thought Brooks was a good coach. But Presti believes he can find a better coach. At least for this Thunder roster at this point in time. “I think you are always evaluating, and thinking to yourself, ‘How do we improve, how do we grow, and where are those opportunities as an organization that is focused on building a sustainable team and a great organization?’” Presti said. “Those are questions you have to ask yourself.”
The roster’s construction is only part of it, though, and there was a growing sentiment the team was beginning to plateau under Brooks’ direction. Brooks was extremely well-liked in the locker room, but his voice wasn’t carrying the same weight as it once did. Player accountability had become an issue, according to sources, with his message resonating less than before.
“It’s hard for [Brooks] to impose his will on those guys because they would give up on him,” one source close to the situation said. “So he had to let them do whatever.”
The availability of Thunder coach Scott Brooks may change the dynamic of Orlando’s search, as he is viewed as a perfect fit for the Magic’s plan, the question becomes with the Denver Nuggets who are in a similar situation poach him away?