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    How Clueless is Scott Brooks?

    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soonerule View Post
    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.
    ..... Frustration can make people think that there is a bigger problem then actually there is. The problem is with the MVP not caring about defence, not putting a priority on stoping the other team, just out score them. This could be a result in coaching, a conflick with westbrook and durant be alpha males, or just the way Durant is. I need Durant in game 6th vs the Grizz playing defense and taking control of the game. if Brooks can't get Westbrook and Durant to play together on both ends of the floor maybe Mark Jackson can...
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    Last edited by Soonerule; 05-06-2014 at 05:03 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lvblay3 View Post
    ..... Frustration can make people think that there is a bigger problem then actually there is. The problem is with the MVP not caring about defence, not putting a priority on stoping the other team, just out score them. This could be a result in coaching, a conflick with westbrook and durant be alpha males, or just the way Durant is. I need Durant in game 6th vs the Grizz playing defense and taking control of the game. if Brooks can't get Westbrook and Durant to play together on both ends of the floor maybe Mark Jackson can...
    Actually, the frustration faded a couple of seasons ago. This is not some knee jerk response to one bad game and it's nothing personal... strictly business. Brooks got lucky 6 years ago. Right place, right time. Did a good job of keeping the colts heads up during that interim season and things took off. Westbrook and Durant liked being the center of attention made a bad offense plan work, and it did, right up to that NBA Final. They aren't kids any more and they know they need more to work with and Brooks seems unable to deliver and they have lost faith. Inserting Butler into the starting line up got them excited and got them past Memphis only to have Brooks pull that rug right out from under them last night.

    After spending a summer with a real coach like Mike Krzyzewski, old Scooby has been a real letdown. If Golden State is stupid enough to let him go, Mark Jackson would be on my short list if I were Presti. A coach that is able to get his team to over achieve is much better by my way of thinking than one that can't get a team with the potential the Thunder has to function consistently.


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    Here we set 2 1/2 hours prior to tip off of game 6 of the WCF's. The Thunder are down 3-2 in the series and it has been a long playoff already. The previously posted about move we waited 6 years for by Brooks was reneged on just as soon as the next series started and the Thunder struggled to find spacing for most of that series as well.

    Last game of that series, Serge strained a calf muscle and missed games 1 and 2 of WCF, both resulted in the Spurs blowing out the Thunder. Thabo started both games.

    The diagnosis wasn't as bad as first feared, Serge returned in games 3 and 4. Brooks finally subbed Jackson for Thabo in the starting line up and Thunder won games 3 and 4. Keys, Jackson created spacing and youth, Serge blocked everything that came close to the rim.

    Game 5. Pops starts Bonner in the first half, Diaw in the second. Brooks falls for the bait, let's Serge stay on them drawing him out of the paint, never gave Jeremy Lamb a second of playing time in the 1st half. Played too much Fisher, Collison and Butler when the Thunder had a 19-2 lead, gave up momentum and with Serge out of the paint the Spurs blow out the Thunder.

    Some subtle things occurred in games 3 and 4 that exposed the Spurs. First in game 3, Fisher gets fouled on his head, is cut wide open and has to leave to get stitches, Jeremy Lamb came in and had a good game. Game 4, Reggie twisted his ankle, Lamb again in the first half, had another good game. As I previously mentioned, in game 5 Jeremy Lamb's playing time in 1st half was nada, zero... DNP. In games 3 and 4 when Brooks subbed with youth, Thunder won, when he subbed with old in game 5, Thunder got blown out. Seeing a pattern yet?

    If you are you are way ahead of Scooby. Handed a road map by the basketball gods to beating the Spurs and he poohs at it like he did the stat that said that the Thunder is the worst team in the league at contesting jump shots. That little stat is still a thorn in our side, but Brooks doesn't think it's important. "Youth and Serge in the Paint." If I was writing a book on this series, that would be the title.

    Here are the moves Brooks should make IMO:

    1. Serge plays in the paint. PERIOD. No chasing Bonner or Diaw. Serge plays in the paint. If your tempted to do anything other than that Brooks, see score game 5, tell your assistant to punch you square in the mouth and can that idea, Serge plays in the paint.

    2. Perk starts, plays 5 minutes, picks up 3 hard fouls on Tim Duncan, takes a powder for the night. Send him to the shower Scooby, have him come back in street clothes, stay away from the dark side, walk into the light.... welcome, welcome, all are welcome..... give Adams the lion's share of Perk's minutes.

    3. If a player is over 30 they don't play unless every single player under 30 on your bench is dead.

    4. KD and Westbrook, one or the other or both are on the floor at all times, usually both and for most of the game. If they act tired, kick them in the arse and tell them the looming off season will give them ample time to rest up. Not too worried about Russell, but be willing to gig KD with a hotshot if he gets to laying back on offense or not being 100% aggressive on D.

    5. Serge plays in the paint. PERIOD


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    Well, none of those ideas but 1 were used, Thunder lost. Presti has decided that being a good regular season is good enough and keeping Brooks around.... I'm out.


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