The Oklahoma City Thunder just finished off a disappointing 45-37 season that saw them miss the playoffs because of a lost tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans. Now that the Thunder have missed the playoffs, the questions about the job security of head coach Scott Brooks have already started, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reports that Oklahoma City will “spend time evaluating the partnership” with Brooks before making a final decision on the head coach. Brooks is signed through the 2015-16 season with a team option for 2016-17. There are reportedly several people close to Brooks who have doubts about his job security.
Brooks has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years for unimaginative playcalling and poor rotational choices, but it’s hard to put too much blame on his shoulders for this season. The Thunder were slammed with injuries all year, most notably to reigning MVP Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka also missed good chunks of the year, and it’s tough to have a lot of success in such a loaded conference when your best players miss so much time.
Still, Oklahoma City may just feel that Brooks isn’t the guy to lead them to a title and that a new leader is needed. If Brooks is let go, Woj says Florida head coach Billy Donovan and Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie would be two of the top candidates. Brooks would have suitors as well, as both the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets would have interest in bringing him in.
Needless to say, it’ll be an interesting summer in Oklahoma City with questions about Brooks’s job status and Durant’s health floating around the team.