The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks after another disappointing season. Whether he would have been out of a job whether they were to be knocked out in the first round of the playoffs or not could be up for speculation, but he will not be back to coach next season.
When the Thunder missed out on the playoffs, it was a big disappointment for the franchise and also MVP-hopeful Russell Westbrook, since he did just about all he could in order to get his team into the postseason.
However, the loss of Kevin Durant for much of the season was a big blow to the team and there is almost no doubt that they would be in the post-season right now if he and Westbrook were both healthy throughout the season. The team also played without Serge Ibaka for the final 18 games of the season, with injuries being a big part of why they are not participating in the NBA playoffs.
Wasn't the biggest Scott Brooks fan, but tough to hold him responsible for what happened this season, w all those injuries.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) April 22, 2015
Idk how I feel about the scott brooks firing, my initial thoughts on it are he got screwed over by an enormous amount of injuries
— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) April 22, 2015
The Oklahoma City Thunder won their last game in order to make the playoffs, but when the Pelicans upset the Spurs, they were forced to miss out on a first round matchup with the Warriors.
However, GM Sam Presti assures fans that his firing was not a reflection of the current season, but an assessment of where he wants to take the team as they move forward in the future.
BREAKING: Thunder fire head coach Scott Brooks. He went 338-207 in 7 seasons with Oklahoma City. pic.twitter.com/3tZHr5ilAN
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 22, 2015
Thank you for everything, Scott Brooks. pic.twitter.com/D8zcSJTAd1
— Thunder Family (@Thunder_Family) April 22, 2015
In a statement regarding Brooks’ firing, Presti said, “We determined that, in order to stimulate progress and put ourselves in the best position next season and as we looked to the future, a transition of this kind was necessary for the program.”
Scott Brooks took over as the head coach of the Thunder during the 2008-2009 season and won 50 games the following season, which earned him the honor of coach of the year, given to Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer this year. He had a .620 winning percentage with the team and guided the Thunder to five playoff appearances in seven seasons.