Head coach Scott Brooks, who is in the final season of his five-year contract, looks lost trying to find effective lineups. League sources say Brooks is sitting firmly on the hot seat. New coach or not, the team also just needs to be better. Some of their returning players are struggling—Davis Bertans has apparently lost his jumper, and Thomas Bryant still can’t protect the rim (and now he’s out for a season with a torn ACL). Their new additions haven’t moved the needle, either—Robin Lopez looks roasted, and Deni Avdija is just a rookie figuring things out.
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Quinton Mayo: Asked Scott Brooks about his contract: It’s no secret that I love this team. Those things will be taken care of at the right time. I’m excited to coach this team…I’m proud to be working with this organization — Ted and Tommy have given me all the pieces I need.
Brooks is an interesting candidate for replacement. He has one more year on his deal, which is pricey by non-elite coaching standards. He’s in his fourth season, and things are pretty bad. But he’s managed to stay above the fray and it seems like the players — including Bradley Beal — still like him. And the situation with his boss, Tommy Sheppard, is a little weird: Sheppard is newly in the role of front office head honcho, but Sheppard was in the front office when Brooks was hired and one assumes they have worked together a lot. So this might not quite be a “new GM, new coach” situation like we’ll see in Chicago.
There’s been next to no pressure on the franchise this year. There’s been no hint that Scott Brooks’ job is in any jeopardy. Everyone understands, big picture, that this season is about development, and finding two or three guys that can go forward with the team next season when Wall returns and Washington adds what should be a high Lottery pick.
He’ll have to give fans a vision of how he’ll fix this team that is both public and realistic. And he’ll have to decide whether it makes sense to keep Beal and build around him, or go for a total teardown, trade Beal at the height of his value around the league, and start over. (That would necessarily mean a change, ultimately, at head coach, though Scott Brooks is in no danger for next season, per multiple sources.)
Fred Katz: Leonsis on if he’ll decide Scott Brooks’ status before hiring a new GM/prez: “Right now, we have decided on Scott’s status. He’s the coach of the team, and Tommy (Sheppard) is doing what he was doing reporting to me.” More here: pic.twitter.com/nSrFeQmH9l
Fred Katz: Leonsis asked more directly on how this affects Brooks’ job status: “Right now all I’ve done is remove Ernie from the day-to-day…I’ve spent one-on-one time with Scott just to tell him I expect us to do, work hard and play hard and continue to give the fans their money’s worth” pic.twitter.com/ZjUWhZZTjF
“Brooks’ seat could get hotter if they don’t win and management thinks the team is better than it really is,” said one Eastern Conference executive.
Despite the Washington Wizards falling to 1-5 following an embarrassing 32-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, head coach Scott Brooks continues to have the full support of the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Brooks has three years remaining on a five-year, $35 million deal. Washington has allowed a league-high 125 points a game after losing 136-104 to the Clippers. Dwight Howard, who has been sidelined with a buttocks injury, is expected to make his season debut this week, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and the Wizards hope he can provide them with a defensive boost.
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January 23, 2021 | 6:44 pm EST Update
Mark Followill: On the 430 CST NBA injury report, Kristaps Porzingis listed as doubtful for tonight vs Houston (right knee injury recovery). This is the 5th game in 7 nights and the 2nd back to back in that stretch for the Mavs.
Ryan Wolstat: Great stuff from Fred VanVleet today via @Mike Ganter talking about his former coach Nate Bjorkgren ahead of Raptors-Pacers games: “If you don’t like Nate, you’re crazy, there’s something wrong with you …I’m glad that he’s been doing well but we need him to suck for two days.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks injury report: De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) is questionable. Trae Young (back spasm) is questionable. Bogdan Bogdanovic (avulsion fracture, right knee) is out. Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) is out.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Al-Farouq Aminu, Michael Carter-Williams, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac and Chuma Okeke as out for Sunday’s game against the Hornets. No one else is listed on the Magic’s injury report.