Brian Keefe Rumors
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.
Jackson’s triangle magic didn’t work in New York. Rosen can count the reasons and blames Jackson for not finding the right coach. “Hiring Derek Fisher was a mistake for a lot of reasons,’’ Rosen said. “He wasn’t ready. And there was a division in the coaching staff between Derek’s OKC guys [Brian Keefe, Josh Longstaff, Dave Bliss] and Phil’s guys [Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons]. Fisher’s guys didn’t want anything to do with them.’’
Erik Horne: The Thunder has announced its assistant coaches for the 2019-20 season: David Akinyooye, Dave Bliss, Mark Daigneault, Mike Wilks and Brian Keefe will join Vin Bhavnani, Maurice Cheeks and director of quality control Billy Schmidt.