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.