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.