Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks is widely considered to be one of the NBA's top head men, and with his team just three wins from the franchise's first NBA championship since 1979 and a Coach of the Year trophy already under his belt, he's got the accomplishments to prove it.
But much of Brooks' success on the Thunder bench stems from the opportunity he received as an assistant coach under P.J. Carlesimo, the bond he and Carlesimo formed coaching together with the then-Seattle SuperSonics and Carlesimo's subsequent struggles as the team transitioned to its new home in Oklahoma City.
Now an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets, Carlesimo coached in Portland and Golden State in the 1990s before taking over the Sonics job in 2007 after the firing of Bob Hill.
Between that and his involvement with USA Basketball, Carlesimo had an eye for talent, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make the decision to pursue Brooks -- who previously worked as an assistant under George Ka...