In a comment made to an article in Oklahoman today, a reader referred to Scott Brooks as the Little League coach who lucked into having the best pitcher on his team and using him over and over and over again until he ruins his arm.
That metaphor is more accurate than even that reader may know.
Let's back up and remember where Scotty Brooks came from. He was an obscure assistant on Carlisimo's staff that got thrown into the fire when Presti sent PJ packing. Presti needed someone to hold it together for him until he could get someone better at the helm.
Brooks made 1 move. He slid Durant into the small forward position and gave Russell Westbrook his first start. At the time it made him look brilliant, but in hindsight one must ask themselves if the move was brilliant or just a no-brainer? Either way it earned him a 2 year contract and he has been riding the waves of that one move for 6 years.
His next move, 6 years later, was inserting Caron Butler into the starting lineup in game 6 of the Memphis series.... or at least we thought it was a move... until last nite... and we were back to the same lineup he has gone with for 6 years. The un-move in game 6 was like a tonic for the team and they rallied from certain defeat to glorious victory, the truth hit them like a wrecking ball and they played the worst defense in the playoffs since coming to OKC.
Presti made a mistake when he promoted Brooks 5 years ago, he compounded the mistake when he extended his contract, here's hoping he has the stones to fly into face up to it and get rid of Scott Brooks when this debacle of a playoff is over, no matter the outcome. The clock is ticking on Durant's contract. At this point I see only one guarantee we sign him to an extension, a championship, hard to walk away from that, and our Interim coach with the hot pitcher, Scott Brooks, is not the coach to bring it home.