While all the talk surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder right now is in regards to Kevin Durant being “Mr. Unreliable”, there are much bigger questions looming. What if the Thunder get bounced in the first round? What will the team do in the offseason to try and get better?
First off, it’s way too early to write the Thunder off. If they come back and beat the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games, all of this unreliable crap will be forgotten about.
But if OKC loses, things could get ugly. Mainly, things could get ugly for Scott Brooks.
While Brooks has obviously had a decent amount of success during his six years at the helm, the team also seems to be backtracking a bit. A first round playoff exit two years after a Finals run would most certainly be big time backtracking. If that’s what happens, there’s no doubt in my mind that Brooks needs to be shown the door.
You could still call his run in OKC a success. He’s won at least 50 games on four occasions during his time and really helped to put the franchise on the map. But sometimes it’s the right call to move on from a younger guy like Brooks and hire a proven veteran coach to help get the team to the next level.
Again, all of this is moot point if the Thunder come back and take down the Grizzlies. I believe Brooks’ job will safe at that point, but I’m also not confident they’ll get to that point.