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Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 9:55 am  |  14 responses

Mo Cheeks Assistant Coach with Thunder

Interestingly Brooks got to know Cheeks as his backup in Philly: “At first glance, newly named Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks might appear to be the heir apparent in the event Scott Brooks flames out in his first full run as head coach. [...] The Thunder rewarded Brooks with a lucrative two-year deal just before the end of last season. The contract has a team option that could keep Brooks, 44, in Oklahoma City through the 2011-12 season. Bringing in a coach of Cheeks’ stature, however, is a salute to Brooks’ makeup. The Thunder’s coach could have settled on someone with less experience who in no way would have been qualified to serve as a potential successor. But that coach would have had far less to offer.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Good choice, this team will rise soon enough.

  • Miggy

    The Thunder continue to assemble pieces of a solid team. In a few years this team will be at the top of the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    Yeah, good to see him come back with someone. He got done dirty in Philly.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Playoffs might be realistic. Kristic/Green/Durant/Harden/Westbrook is stronger then a lot of other teams. And Brooks is a really really good coach that the players all like.

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  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Playoffs will be very difficult to achieve in the west, but with 3/4 of the California teams sucking, who knows.. Mo seems like a great dude and is probably a good move to take a step back from (head) coaching and learn a little more.

  • Josh D

    I can’t believe Mo couldn’t get a Head Coaching job

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Unfortunately BETCATS, that lineup will never start. There is no center there. Collison will start over Kristic. Which still isn’t bad at all.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    1) Kristic played Center for NJ and did a decent job guarding Shaq when he was on the Heat during the playoffs. 2) Nick Collison is about as good as Kristic, so either way the Thunder are a strong team.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I just can’t see Kristic playing starting center, or Brooks letting him. And I agree about how strong of a team they have, I watched almost every one of their games last year. If Westbrook can improve his ball handling and Harden can contribute anything, they should be a much improved team next year.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    Great move for the Thunder. Now they’re only a center, a true point guard, and experience from being a contender

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    This man deserves to be a Head Coach.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Thunder look like the old new Blazers.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    best teams in the west, not in order- LAL,SAS,DAL,HOU,POR,DEN,UTH,PHX,NO,. Yeah playoffs might be outta reach for the Thunder. Unless 2 of these teams suffer injuries to a major player, then theres still Memphis to compete with.

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