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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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the Thunder's potential draft targets

Last time the Oklahoma city Thunder were in the lottery, they did pretty okay for themselves, selecting Russell Westbrook. Now, the Thunder are back in the lottery, with the chance to add yet another young, talented prospect. Should they look to add a wing? A two guard to replace Reggie Jackson, even though Dion Waiters is still on the team? Or will they simply follow the "best...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Kevin Durant pick the Thunder's next coach?

Sam Presti said that he didn't consult his players when he fired Scott Brooks. Now that he's looking for a new coach, will he consult his players on who to hire? It's an important decision, one that could have huge ramifications, especially as Durant's free agency inches closer and closer. (h/t Sports Illustrated)
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  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.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ollie removes name from consideration for OKC job

Kevin Ollie released a statement on Wednesday saying he has no intention of leaving UConn, and he was apparently telling the truth. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports that Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the Oklahoma City Thunder job. There was — and still could be — some speculation that Ollie’s statement...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job

Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources. Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant. The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks. Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn’s Kevin Ollie removes self from Thunder consideration

Kevin Ollie does not want to be a distraction for his team. According to the latest report, the Connecticut Huskies head coach is set to remain with the team rather than making the jump to the NBA to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder. The news comes from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. UConn’s Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign

Sam Presti is confident the Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason. Kanter will be a restricted free agent. The Thunder acquired Kanter at the deadline in a trade that included a future first round pick. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said.
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Brooks benefited and suffered from timing

Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways on Wednesday. While Brooks deserved the job when he got it, he also benefited from being the interim coach players responded to after the Thunder fired PJ Carlesimo. Unfortunately, just as Brooks benefited from great timing, he also suffered from poor timing, as his stars kept getting injured when it mattered most, leading to...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Sam Presti know what he's doing?

The Thunder's mantra, at least from a front office standpoint, has always been "Trust the process." That's easy to say when the process is going well, but once it hits a derailment – say, firing the head coach – it becomes less easy to have faith.Sam Presti, the progenitor of this process, has, for the most part, nailed every move he's made. But with a move as monumental as this...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fred Hoiberg To OKC Would Make Sense… Unfortunately For Iowa State

The Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways with Scott Brooks on Wednesday. Say what you will about him — because I have — but Brooks did do certain things well during his tenure with the franchise. After helping to develop players; building a foundation of success when the organization relocated; and taking the team to the Western Conference Finals, Brooks being fired from the Thunder...
Via The Student Section
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlesimo: Thunder made ‘terrible decision’ to fire Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder have only had two coaches since the franchise moved cities, and now both of them have been fired. P.J. Carlesimo was the coach in Seattle and was fired after a 1-12 start in the team’s first season in Oklahoma City. One of his assistants at the time, Scott Brooks, took over...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

On Sam Presti’s Decision To Fire Scott Brooks & Why It Still Follows The ‘Spurs Model’

Today Sam Presti and the Thunder brass finally cut the cord on the Brooks era in OKC and, as with any coaching change that involves a coach that won significantly more than he lost, rubbed more than a few people the wrong way. How could Oklahoma City fire a coach that won 62% of his games [&hellip (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post On Sam Presti’s Decision To Fire...
Via No Coast Bias
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Add Scott Brooks to Orlando’s Coaching Candidate Radar

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports   A new candidate for the Orlando Magic Head Coach position may have just emerged. If you haven’t heard, the Oklahoma City Thunder have fired Head Coach Scott Brooks after spending 7 years taking them from bottom feeder to championship contender. He departs OKC with a 338-207 (.620) regular season win-loss record as well as a 39-34 postseason record...
Via Magic Basketball Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking Ollie At His Word — Why Wouldn't We?

He can't turn around and take the Oklahoma City Thunder job now without coming off as disingenuous, devious and deceitful. Kevin Ollie hasn't been known as that kind of man. He wouldn't take the escalator to skip the staircase of honesty.
Via Hartford Courant - UConn
4 days ago

Kevin Durant posts statement online about Scott Brooks firing

Kevin Durant posted a note on Instagram Wednesday in which he expressed his feelings about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s firing of coach Scott Brooks. Though Durant said he supported the team’s decision to make the move, he acknowledged how difficult it is. “Today was tough for me. While I support our team’s decision 100 percent...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Says He “Will Forever Be Grateful” For Scott Brooks

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to fire coach Scott Brooks after he served the team for seven seasons. Kevin Durant released his own thoughts on Brooks’ firing, noting that while he supported the Thunder’s decision “100 percent,” he would always be thankful for what he, Brooks and the Thunder accomplished under Brooks’ tenure. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant 'forever grateful' to Brooks; supports OKC's decision '100 percent'

Thunder star Kevin Durant said he "grew both as a man and a ball player" under Scott Brooks' guidance, and will "forever be grateful" to his NBA coach of seven years.  But the Oklahoma City star also said he supported the team's decision to move on without Brooks "100 percent."  Brooks was fired as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday after the Thunder, who Brooks...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Fires Scott Brooks … Billy Donovan Starts Trending On Twitter

The Oklahoma City Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wendesday … and Billy Donovan's name immediately started trending in the Twitterverse.
Via Gamedayr
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Ollie reportedly has ‘significant interest’ in Thunder job

Despite issuing a statement through UConn Wednesday saying he has no plans to pursue other jobs, a report says Kevin Ollie is very interested in the Oklahoma City Thunder job. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ollie has “significant interest” in the job. Despite public statement, UConn's Kevin Ollie has significant interest in OKC coaching job,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks After Seven Seasons

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wednesday, parting ways with a former NBA coach of the year who led the team to three conference finals in four years, only to falter this season as his players were hit hard by injuries. Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder-Bolt: Scott Brooks Is Fired, Paving The Way For Change In Oklahoma City

The time has finally come for change with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City has fired coach Scott Brooks, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 22, 2015 Brooks took over as Oklahoma City head coach for the final 69 games of the 2008-2009 season, finishing with a 22-47 record. From that point forward he mainly enjoyed nothing but success...
Via Crossover Chronicles
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Brooks’ Résumé is Already Ready to Go After Being Fired From Oklahoma City

Today, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks.  This wasn’t necessarily a surprise.  However, it appears that the head coach from the Thunder already has his résumé updated and ready to go.  It was leaked to us by sources located deep within the inner workings of the Thunder organization. So, will the Nuggets hire [&hellip (Visited 4 times, 4 visits...
Via No Coast Bias
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

The Oklahoma City Thunder have decided to part ways with Scott Brooks, their much-criticized head coach(/Breckin Meyer look-alike) of seven years who, when not cursed with injuries to his top players, was often over-matched by his bench counterparts. Oklahoma City has fired coach Scott Brooks, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April Article found...
Via Next Impulse Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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