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Report: Thunder, coach Brooks agree to new four-year contract

Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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This was never going to end any other way.

Scott Brooks will be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. And a few more after that. The two sides have reached a deal, reports David Aldridge of and TNT.

Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.

That gives Brooks the years he wanted, but the salary is not out of control (Doc Rivers was the top paid coach in the NBA last year at $7 million).

Brooks was really always going to come back as coach. This team believes in him. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook trust him. We can debate his rotations — I thought Brook’s choices hurt OKC in the finals — the fact is this team listens to him and plays very hard for him. That matters.

And Books is young as a coach, a guy who is still learning.

Some Thunder fans seemed to hold out the unrealistic option of Phil Jackson coming in. That wouldn’t have worked. I don’t mean on the court, although Russell Westbrook is not a guy who fits the triangle point guard well at all. But rather, I mean off the court — Jackson is not just a guy who comes in and coaches, he influences and changes every level of the organization. The Thunder do not need that, Sam Presti has set up San Antonio North — a lot of very good, selfless players buying into what works. Jackson changes that dynamic and while he has won this is a young core that is on the verge of winning and there is no reason to change that up.

Now this is behind them and the Thunder can focus on taking one more step.

  1. gmen4life33 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Phil wouldnt have worked, but I feel like JVG would have been perfect for this team. He, like Brooks, always got the most out of his players in terms of effort. And, JVG is great at making in game changes to put his talent in best position to win.

  2. rickyspanish - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Good news for the Heat.

  3. edwardsro - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    They should have let him go. The thunder had more overall talent. They just got out coached

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      uh……no. What were you watching? The team that crumbled down the stretch all but one game?

      Thought so.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        I don’t care how young of a coach he is. He is a complete idiot. He played an injured Kendrick Perkins for no apparent reason. Perkins sole job is to guard the other guy’s center. The heat don’t have a center. He shouldn’t have played. He killed them. Play collison and ibaka. Then he insisted playing derek fisher 20 minutes a game even though he was giving them nothing. Any moron could see that. I’m sick that he is coming back. Unless he gets a brain transplant the thunder have no chance. The streak continues that none of my favorite teams will ever win a title.

  4. dysraw1 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    good for you coach wtg.

  5. buckeye94 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Good for Brooks. Wouldn’t mind seeing Phil Jackson coach the team. Who knows Phil maybe could get Durant to play as the scorer as Jordan or Kobe. No dis to Durant he has talent and is good and he is a team player.

  6. buckeye94 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Phil Jackson would have been good. Think had he gotten Durant to play as a scorer as Jordan or Kobe they’d be a different team but then again Durant is a team player which is not a problem

  7. imforbigblue - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Got to love the thunder homers who think there nba coaches and could do a better job when half of you morons can’t even dribble a basketball. Face it the heat out played and beat your team and your taking the bitch way out blaming your coach but in the middle of the season you loved him when he was winning and took you to the title game SMH

  8. BigBeachBall - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:41 AM



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