The improved offensive execution of the Orlando Magic

With a rebuild looking to be going awry, a young and talented but directionless Orlando Magic franchise turned to a known NBA commodity. Scott Skiles, a veteran coach known for his hard-nosed approach, was brought in to turn the team's defense around just as he's done at every other stop in his coaching career. And while Skiles has done that -- Orlando has jumped from 27th in efficiency...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Here are a few trends from Billy Donovan's early substitution patterns

One of the early differences between Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan and his predecessor, Scott Brooks, has been Donovan's rotation patterns, or lack thereof. While Brooks' substitutions were borderline predictable, Donovan has added some spontaneity to the Thunder's rotation, which makes it difficult for opponents to scout the Thunder and pinpoint where certain weaknesses...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Les Miles to Alabama teen on hospice: 'When you get to Heaven, save a spot for me.'

"It's just neat that he cares, and he does,'' said Mountain Brook's Scott Ortis of Miles' telephone call today to 16-year-old Sid, who left Children's of Alabama Sunday to go on hospice care at home.
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
October 22, 2015

Russell Westbrook: 'Definitely more space' in Donovan's new offense

The biggest criticism of the Oklahoma City Thunder over the past few years has been the team's rudimentary offensive sets.That criticism, to a large extent, fell on the shoulders of former head coach Scott Brooks, for better or worse.So step No. 1 for new Thunder coach Billy Donovan: Install a more complex offense based on better passing and spacing. So far for Donovan, so good.“Definitely...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy this year

For the last few years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a short list of legitimate contenders to capture the NBA title. Surprisingly, it hasn't happened.   Back in 2012 the Thunder went on a convincing Western Conference championship run, methodically taking out the defending champion Dallas Mavericks (4-0), the Los Angeles Lakers (4-2) and the San Antonio Spurs (4-1). Inexperience ultim...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA season preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here's the next installment of our series on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Notable Acquisitions: Cameron Payne (Draft) Notable Departures: None Temperature Check: After an injury-filled, nightmare of a season saw them on the outside looking in come playoff time, the Thunder are looking to bounce back in a big way...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA’s most unpredictable team

By Asad Chevel. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all potentially in the prime of their respective careers, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the best position they may ever be in as a franchise for the foreseeable future. At the same time, this could be the beginning of a dynasty that will dominate the NBA Finals for years to come. What makes them so unpredictable...
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Unfairness of the OKC Thunder Firing Scott Brooks

"If I were the coach/GM..." is a quote that embodies sports fanaticism in such a profound way. At the heart of every fan is a wannabe coach or GM who would (possibly) murder for the chance to assume that position for their favorite club or team. The sports industry feeds this obsession with analytics that can be used to compare players, fantasy trade machines that allow schlubs...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rent Scott Brooks’ Former OKC Rental

Scotty Brooks, the recently fired Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, has moved out of his OKC rental and now it is up for grabs. It’s definitely nothing special, even though the man made $4.5 million last year. A bland house for a bland coach, I guess. Why you’re renting when you make $4.5 million is beyond me — you’re just giving money away at that point. Maybe he knew he...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Oklahoma City Thunder have retained Scott Brooks?

The Oklahoma City Thunder fired Scott Brooks after his seventh season as head coach following an injury-ridden campaign that saw Kevin Durant in a boot for most of the year. Eight days after dismissing Brooks, OKC swayed former Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan to join the NBA and lead a core of young superstars in Durant and Westbrook. The question begs, “Was this really...
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The future is bright for the Oklahoma City Thunder

After a grueling year, The Oklahoma City Thunder were not able to make it into the playoffs. They lost a tie breaking game against the Pelicans, as both teams ended up with a record of 47- 35. Though one could blame this on OKC is playing in the West, which is the tougher conference, not to mention the team was riddled with injuries. Kevin Durant missed most of the year, Russell...
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Anonymous player is 'pretty sure' Kevin Durant will go to the Wizards

The Oklahoma City Thunder have had plenty on their plate this offseason, from firing Scott Brooks to hiring Billy Donovan to dealing with Kevin Durant's rehab. Surprisingly, though, it was quiet on the "KD will definitely leave in free agency front." Too quiet, in fact. Now, that silence has been broken, and the rumors are starting up once again, this time courtesy of Basketball...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brooks to pass on Nuggets

  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks plans to step away from coaching for a year and will therefore no longer be in the running for the Denver Nuggets’ current head-coaching vacancy. Per Wojnarowki: Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets...
Via BSN Denver
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Scott Brooks passing on interviews; likely sitting out coaching in 2015

Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks does not appear to be in the mix for a new job in the 2015 season. Brooks was fired by the Thunder at the end of this regular season after being their coach since 2008 and having a 338-207 record. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday that […]
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans

Scott Brooks is passing on opportunities to interview with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans. Brooks appears inclined to sit out the entire 15-16 season. Brooks has a 338-207 career coaching record following his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder and wants to return to the sideline at some point in the future. Brooks was fired by the Thunder this offseason. Brooks wants...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Scott Brooks the Nuggets' next head coach?

The Nuggets need a head coach. And not just any head coach, but one whose strengths are talent development and building solid foundational team skills. If he had ties to Denver, that would be even better. Well, as it just so happens, the Thunder just fired a coach who fits that description perfectly. Mike D'Antoni and Alvin Gentry may be the bigger names, and would certainly bring...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Initial Off-Season Thoughts

Unfortunately for the basketball-crazed city of Portland, the season is over. Just like any basketball season, this one was full of ups and downs and they will all be covered and talked about over and over again in the coming months. This is going to be a very busy off-season for the Blazers. It is bound to be filled with ups and downs. Below are some of my initial thoughts concerning...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job

Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened a dialogue about the team's vacant coaching position, according to sources. The Thunder's job became available a week ago after the dismissal of Scott Brooks. Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Brooks.
Via RealGM
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan begins formal talks with Oklahoma City Thunder

Step one of the Gator Nation’s worst fears have been realized. Last week, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired coach Scott Brooks as the Thunder missed the playoffs. There’s been lots of speculation that Billy Donovan would succeed him in OKC, including some … Continue reading →
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder and Billy Donovan Discussing Team’s Head Coaching Opening

When the Oklahoma City Thunder fired former head coach Scott Brooks following the team’s failure of a season, speculation grew that they would look to make a splash with a replacement. Now that Oklahoma City is reportedly discussing the coaching job with University of Florida head man Billy Donovan, this speculation is now becoming a reality. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the...
Via Sportsnaut
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Current Spurs assistant could be dark-horse candidate for Magic coaching job

There are some pretty big names floating around the Orlando Magic's head coaching job. Billy Donovan has naturally been mentioned, though his name is linked to the Thunder's open job more often lately. After his dismissal from Oklahoma City, Scott Brooks seems like a natural fit in Orlando. Scott Skiles was a hot name in the last couple weeks of the season, but that rumor has tapered...
Via Fox Sports
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy. Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week. Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.
Via RealGM
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Bonta and Eddie: On Scott Brooks And Warriors-Pelicans (The Simp of the Week Episode)

On this edition of The Versus Podcast, Bonta and Eddie discuss what happens next for Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is therapy for Ed. The post Bonta and Eddie: On Scott Brooks And Warriors-Pelicans (The Simp of the Week Episode) appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Monty Williams says he feels bad for Scott Brooks

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was on the hot seat for much of this season, and if his team didn't make the playoffs, he would've lost his job. Ironically, the team New Orleans edged out for the eight seed just let their head coach go.The Thunder fired Scott Brooks yesterday, and Williams knows it could easily have been him looking for a new job. From The Time-Picayune's John...
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder announce on Wednesday that they would be parting ways with head coach Scott Brooks following seven seasons with the team. “This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels,” general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “This decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment […]
Via Full Scale Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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