Oklahoma City Thunder Fires Scott Brooks

The 2016 season will be the most important one in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s brief existence. Scott Brooks won’t be around to see it through.

Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?) was first to report the news.

Brooks coached seven seasons in Oklahoma City, finishing with a 338-207 record. He had a strong rapport with the players and established a reputation for developing players such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Reggie Jackson.

Although he led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012–a loss to the Heat–Brooks was always on some sort of hot seat, even if it wasn’t directly from his bosses. The pressure to win in a small market with stars like Westbrook and Durant before impending free agencies was massive.

Brooks shouldn’t be unemployed long, Woj says.

The big question is who the Thunder will turn to next. The key focus is on keeping Durant beyond next season, so winning next season is imperative. UConn head coach Kevin Ollie is a name thrown around often because he’s a former teammate of Durant. Another name to watch? Florida’s Billy Donovan.

Whoever it ends up being, it’s pretty clear that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti can’t afford to miss on this hire.

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