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Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  22 responses

Kevin Durant Helped the OKC Thunder Retain Scott Brooks as Head Coach


Some key and strategic text messaging from Kevin Durant last summer helped ensure that Scott Brooks stayed in OKC, instead of moving on to a place like Portland. A lucrative contract extension from the Thunder also didn’t hurt. Per the Oklahoman: “When the clock ticked inside of what could best be described as a harrowing final hour of contract negotiations between Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, the thing that ultimately kept the team’s coveted free agent coach from now pacing the sidelines of the Portland Trail Blazers was a text message. It came from Kevin Durant. ‘It was like the day before they got something done,’ Durant said. ‘I think that day was the toughest.’ The message moved Brooks, who had been tied up in tense on-again, off-again talks that had put his future with the Thunder in jeopardy. ‘During negotiations, it can be stressful at times,’ Durant said. ‘One day it looks like something’s going to get done and then the next it might not. So I reached out to him and just told him I loved him and let me know what happens.’ Thunder assistant coach Rex Kalamian, a close friend of Brooks, facilitated the conversation, encouraging Durant to reach out to his head coach and tell Brooks how he felt. Kalamian thought it would do a world of good. It was one thing for Durant to communicate his feelings about Brooks to the other assistants. It was a whole other, especially during those final days that were filled with doubt and frustration, for Durant to dial up Brooks directly. ‘I’m the leader of this team,’ Durant said. ‘And I don’t think he had heard from me until that time. So I wanted to let him know that I wanted him back and I really enjoy playing for him. So that goes a long way, and I guess that helped him a little bit with his decision. I’m glad he’s back. I’m glad he’s with us.’ [...] But Brooks was at a crossroads, with those close to him firmly believing that months of brutal haggling over money had burned the bridge between the coach and the team. His heart was in Oklahoma City. But he appeared headed for Portland. Until his phone buzzed. First by a fateful text from his franchise player, and then, finally, by a lucrative offer that rewarded him as one of the top five paid coaches in basketball, joining Gregg Popovich, Rick Adelman, Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle.”

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  • Max

    Scott Brooks needs to learn how to draw up plays.

  • roscoe

    how can anyone not like kd?

    great guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/backon.top.37 Michael Monroy Diaz

    im pretty sure scotty has something under his arms that will see come playoff times , hope im right

  • Tyler

    Hes the best coach in the league at drawing up plays, watch the play out of a timeout. its just that russ and kd dont run plays.

  • Max

    That has to go to Doc.
    But what I meant was at the end of games.

  • keyon dooling

    Scott Brooks is still playing Derek Fisher 15 minutes per game. SMH! Enough said

  • spit hot fiyah

    armpits?

  • Anthony Dixon

    nah far from best… They never run anything secondary in the play. If the first option is gone, the offense turns into a isolation. Greg Popavich and Doc Rivers has that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this is totally and completely false. There is no reason you should have even thought that thought.

  • russian guy

    1.Pop
    2.Carlisle
    3a.Doc
    3b.Hollins
    4.Thibs

  • VanCityBBall

    if the good play drawn up is either just a Durant iso, or a Westbrook iso after trying to get it to Durant but failing… then um sure your right…

  • Datkid

    this was a mistake.. KD’s a great guy but they need someone who can actually draw up plays

  • robb

    what??????

  • thunderwatch

    Kd just blew his chance of getting a ring. Naive.

  • roscoe

    nah… that happened when jharden was traded and that was not his fault…

    small market blues.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I think adelman should be on that list.

    And if you have two 3′s then you Thibs would be your 5.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    if you put carlise then you gotta throw on coach ‘spo

  • Comment_System

    lol. no.

  • Comment_System

    doc is the best coach at drawing up plays. get it right.

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    thats a Rashard Lewis contract LOL!

  • russian guy

    Give Spo some credit:Yeah,of course he has the best player on his team,but it should be noted that the Heat created a very fluid,pass-heavy offense,with alot of misdirection plays,unconventional PnR stuff.Plus 2 Finals and a Ring is pretty nice for your first two years.But to me is not Top 5.Forgot Adelman,he is up there.

  • Dagger

    Great article on exactly that from the best NBA writer in the business: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9098417/how-miami-heat-went-historic-winning-streak-came-dominate-league

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