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@glenda82954 I agree. Talking about firing or replacing Brooks at this point is premature. Even Magic Johnson commented that OKC needs to retain Brooks, calling him a "great" coach. That being said, the critiques on this board are valid regarding some of his decisions on the rotations and the weakness of some of our defensive schemes. If the Thunder are to win a title, Brooks must improve in these areas.
12 months ago on Report: Perk played with partially torn groin last 3 rounds
It was a tough loss, I won't lie. I am surprised that we lost in five. I expected it to go to 6 or 7. But I am proud of what the Thunder did this year and if past performance is any indicator, they will continue to get better. With some tweaks here and there regarding the roster, defensive improvement, and growth in the coaching staff we will be in a great position to win next year.
12 months ago on Staring at the sun
@kdub This is a valid criticism and an area in which Brooks needs to grow as a coach. If he does this, he will reach that next level in coaching. He has shown flashes of it, ( ie the last 4 games against San Antonio). But he needs to be consistent with it.
My point is that it is too premature to call for the guy to be replaced. Improve? Yes. Fired? No.
1 year ago on Monday Bolts - 6.18.12
@Lost Ones Really? Because last time I checked we were Western Conference Champions and in the NBA Finals. If you are going to blame the guy for losses, you have to give him credit when they succeed.
Did he make some bad decisions last night? Yes, no question. Are there areas of weakness? No doubt. But calling for his head is more than premature at this point, it is stupid. If next year, he does not show any growth as a coach, maybe the conversation needs to be had. But not now.
But no doubt the same ones calling for Brooks head are the same ones that want Stoops gone from OU when they fail to reach a national title.
I may receive some flack for saying this, but I think the calling for Scott Brooks to be gone are positively ludicrous. People need to step back and realize that we are in the NBA Finals, not the first round. His coaching got the Thunder this far, (in a relatively short period of time), so he must be doing something right.
This is not to say that all critiques of Brooks are off the mark. He needs to be better about making changes and adjustments when it is needed. But like the Thunder, he is young for an NBA coach and has time to grow. If he does not learn this within the next year or so, then a discussion of whether he should be here or not is warranted. But not now. Good grief, the Finals are not even over yet.
There are three things that contributed to the loss tonight (in the following order):
1. Missed free throws. During the previous series, we pulled ahead by hitting most of our FT. We hit those and we win the game.
2. The referees. I hate saying this, because it sounds like whining. But if we are going to expect the coaches and players to be at the top of their games in the NBA Finals, the refs should be expected to do the same. Some of the calls/no-calls were inexcusable. The refs need to bring their A-game in the Finals.
3. Brooks sitting Westbrook for so long in the 3rd. I can understand having him sit for 1-2 minutes to calm down. But with Durant on the bench with foul trouble, he kept Westbrook out too long.
1 year ago on Thunder crumble in the second half, 91-85