Scott Brooks will be back on the Oklahoma City Thunder sidelines next season, according to team GM Sam Presti:
“I understand, we all have a tendency to look at the last game, or the last series. I respect that. That’s part of sports. I can’t do that. I’m looking at a body of work. I’m looking at an understanding of what drives our success and the way in which we’ve gotten to this point…You have to look at yourself critically every year and that starts with me, that starts with everyone in the program, and I think Scott will do the same and come back a little bit better,” Presti said Thursday.
Brooks’ future with the Thunder has been a big topic of debate over the past several weeks, as his team sputtered at times during the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Many people like myself had him fired if OKC lost in the first round, which nearly happened.
But when it was all said and done the Thunder were just two games from the NBA Finals. How can you fire a guy that got his team that close to the championship round? You can’t. At least not yet.
I believe this upcoming season will end up being Brooks’ last in OKC if he doesn’t reach the Finals. Yes, that’s a very high bar, but that’s also where this Thunder team is at. They’re a team that’s reached championship-or-bust status, which is ultimately a testament to Brooks and his players.
If next season doesn’t result in a championship or a near championship, something in OKC has to change. The most likely head to roll will no doubt be Brooks’. It might be unfair on some level, but when you’ve got Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the roster, there really aren’t too many excuses.