Scott Brooks fired by Thunder, now what?
Scott Brooks has been fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder after seven seasons and playoff runs in five of those seasons. It sure didn’t take the Thunder long to make a decision about Brooks’ coaching future with the team, after it was announced in the last couple weeks that the Thunder would be taking an in-depth look at what to do with Scott Brooks.
With the news of Brooks firing, what should the Thunder do now? They say that they have targets, but it won’t be easy to replace a coach that had success with the Thunder’s young lineup. The biggest surprise is that the Thunder didn’t spend more time evaluating Brooks and the other coaches that are available for hire. This move seems rather an unusual one, considering the calculated moves that general manager Sam Presti normally makes.
This was a rather rash decision by an organization that struggled with injuries this season, and it doesn’t seem fair that Scott Brooks had to pay the ultimate price. Firing a coach that has proven his worth time and time again just doesn’t make sense. Who else is out there that can lead this Thunder team to the playoffs, and possibly and NBA Championship? Kevin Ollie, really? He hasn’t coached at all in the NBA, but has proven himself at UConn. Plus, Ollie says that he isn’t going anywhere else to coach. My guess is that Sam Presti will try to find a former NBA player to hire as coach, given the success of former players that are now coaches, Steve Kerr and Jason Kidd.
The Thunder had better be careful now that they have fired Scott Brooks though, because every decision from this point on will greatly affect what decision Kevin Durant makes in free agency after next season. It is a sad day for Thunder Nation, as Brooks was the one to put the Thunder/Supersonics franchise back on the map.
Who do you think the Oklahoma City Thunder should hire as their next coach? Did they make a huge mistake by firing Scott Brooks? Let me know in the comments section below.
Dustin Brown covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.