Scott Brooks Fired by Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Wednesday they have relieved Scott Brooks of his duties, ending rampant speculation about one of the NBA’s most embattled coaches.

Brooks, 49, went 338-207 in parts of seven seasons on the bench. Taking over for the fired P.J. Carlesimo early in the 2008-09 campaign, Brooks helped develop Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook into perennial All-Stars as the Thunder became regular title contenders. Oklahoma City made the playoffs in each of his first five full seasons, including an NBA Finals berth in 2012. His winning percentage currently ranks 20th in NBA history.

Despite the regular-season success, which led to an NBA Coach of the Year award in 2010, Brooks has also drawn near-constant criticism for his game tactics and inability to push a talented roster over the top.

Because we all know getting the to the NBA Finals, and the Western Conference Finals multiple times is so easy, right? (rolls eyes)

The big thing for me is this season wasn’t Brooks’ fault. I think this firing is a year too soon, and it can set up the departure next year of either (or both) Durant or Westbrook.

Best of luck to Scott, and there has been a ton of reports that he might to go to the Magic. That would be a good fit1

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Written by Catfish Hughes

Catfish Hughes

Frank “Catfish” Hughes has been called, “Bob Knight’s Baby with Hip Hop that covers sports.” and “the future of sports writing!” He is an official member of the NSSA & USBWA. Catfish covers the Los Angeles Angeles as the official East Coast Voice of the Lakers, and owns the NBA media outlet, and was the host of Thru the Wire Sports Talk Radio which aired on both ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. Catfish is the head editor and chief here at the Boxing Globe. @CatfishHughes on twitter.