Thunder HC Scott Brooks expects to be back in 2015
The Oklahoma City Thunder are pondering what to do with Coach Scott Brooks, but I don’t understand why. Brooks has been a bright spot for the Thunder organization, and has led the team to the NBA playoffs in five out of the seven years that he has been the head coach. So why is the organization even thinking about letting him go?
When looking at Coach Brooks’ resume, (338-207) regular season record and (39-34) in the playoffs, it is hard to understand why he is on the hot seat. He has meant a lot to the Thunder in his coaching career, and has taken them to the playoffs consistently. His job status should be solidified with his resume, but there are questions about whether or not he will ever win the title as the Thunder’s coach.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been to the playoffs almost every season that Brooks has been the coach, and injuries to key players have derailed their chance at a championship. That, in itself, is something that is out of the control of anyone in the Thunder organization, especially the head coach. Russell Westbrook was hurt in their matchup with the Rockets a couple of years ago, and it cost them against the Grizzlies that year. This year, the Thunder have had a roster that was depleted from the start, as Durant and Westbrook missed some time. Kevin Durant did not see action on the floor much, but Westbrook and his triple-doubles almost helped the Thunder sneak into the playoffs after a horrid start to the 2014-2015 season.
Again, all of this was not within the control of Scott Brooks, so he shouldn’t be on the hot seat based on situations that are out of his control. Brooks fully expects to be back as coach of the Thunder for the 2015-2016 season, and he’s should be. If the Thunder decide to fire him this offseason, there will be many fans and players alike that the organization will have to appease. They also will have to figure out who can do a better job as the head coach, and lead this team to a title for the first time in Oklahoma City.
Scott Brooks should be roaming the sideline for the Thunder next season, and beyond. After all, hasn’t he earned that right?
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Dustin Brown covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.