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General manager Sam Presti says he considers reports that Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder to be ''rubbish.''
Presti said Sunday that discussing a new contract with coach Scott Brooks is at the top of the Thunder's list of priorities. Brooks led Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals last season, but his current contract runs out at the end of the month.
Presti said he considers Brooks ''an integral part of our organization and critical to our success.'' He added that the Thunder wouldn't be where they're at now without Brooks.
Brooks was promoted to head coach early in the 2008-09 season and has overseen a steady development of the team into a championship contender.
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Let's just get this out of the way before the NBA offseason gets any further along:
Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy's name will be floated about with any present and future head coaching vacancies until they officially sign on the dotted line.
No one knows this more lately than the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and in full force over...
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Rumors had been swirling around that the Oklahoma City Thunder may have been interested in Jeff Van Gundy and Phil Jackson to be their next coach if they’re unable to re-sign Scott Brooks to an extension. Thunder GM Sam Presti shot down the rumors, calling them “rubbish.”
He tells the Oklahoman:
“To me, it’s rubbish,’ said Presti, the Thunder’s general manager,...
If you watched any of NBA TV yesterday, you probably noticed it was non-stop Miami Heat championship parade and pep-rally coverage. Of course, to the victor, goes the spoils as Heat players, coaches, and staff were on hand for the fans as they celebrated Miami' second title in franchise history.
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