Scott Brooks has been fired as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yahoo! Sports broke the news of Brooks’ ouster.
“This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels,” GM Sam Presti said in a statement. “Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and … (was) a valued leader and team member.”
The Thunder were without their best players for chunks of the season, with Kevin Durant playing in just 27 games and Russell Westbrook playing in 67 games. Even though Westbrook played at an MVP level down the stretch, it wasn’t enough to get the Thunder into the playoffs.
“This past year we had a unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what Scott and his team were able to do. Therefore, it is very important to state that this decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment of what we feel is necessary at this point in time in order to contintually evolve, progress and sustain.
Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons, compiling a 338-207 record with five trips to the playoffs, including a Finals appearance in 2011-12.
UConn coach Kevin Ollie is close to Durant, and had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Brooks before his firing, but said this week that he intends to remain with the Huskies.
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