Brian Keefe Rumors
Michael Scotto: With Mike D’Antoni leaving his role as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, former Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe is a name to monitor as a potential replacement. Keefe coached Kevin Durant, James Harden, Jeff Green, and Nets assistant coach Royal Ivey in Oklahoma City.
Longtime Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks is reportedly joining Billy Donovan’s staff in Chicago, and it’s unclear which of the five other Thunder assistants (David Akinyooye, Vin Bhavnani, Dave Bliss, Brian Keefe, Mike Wilks) will remain in Oklahoma City under Daigneault. “I think a lot of times you can hurt the room and the group if it just becomes about offsetting your weaknesses and filling your own individual gaps,” Daigneault said of the hiring process.
A few notes on Steve Nash’s coaching staff and other staffs around the league: Oklahoma City’s Brian Keefe is one assistant that some people with Brooklyn see as a strong fit for Nash’s staff, per SNY sources.
Executives and members of the coaching fraternity have recommended Oklahoma City lead assistant Brian Keefe more vocally every year. Yet another alum of the Spurs’ video room, Keefe has engendered the confidence of the Thunder organization with his sharpness, and they were thrilled to bring him back to serve beside Billy Donovan. Keefe is a question-asker, the voice in the room who’s inclined to suggest a contrary approach with thoughtfulness. He forges positive relationships with players and is a big-picture person.