Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is ready to lead this group for years to come.
After an impressive NBA Finals run for him and his Thunder, the team has signed Brooks for four years with an annual salary of $4 million, according to a tweet from TNT reporter David Aldridge.
Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.—David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2012
Not only is this deal a positive move for the Thunder, it is also one Brooks has rightfully earned.
What makes this acquisition so deserving is the fact that Brooks has continued to get it done for this team. What started as a pathetic 22-47 Thunder team his first season is now a the Western Conference champion, finishing 47-19 this season.
With each year also came an increased win percentage in the offseason, which is absolutely integral to take into account when deciding on the quality of a coach. Brooks jumped from a 2-4 record his first postseason to a 9-8 mark two seasons ago.
This past postseason the Thunder were as good as they have been under Brooks, making the NBA Finals and winning a whopping 13 games in the process. Not to mention, the Thunder lost just one home game the entire postseason and swept last year's champion Dallas Mavericks.
Brooks, 46, is a young, refreshing coach for this Thunder team on the sideline. His "never give up" mentality seemed to stick with these players throughout this postseason, finishing strong in the majority of the team's losses to the Miami Heat. His team takes on his personality, which is also integral in the team's success.
This team has improved each year under Brooks, making his signing all the more noteworthy.
Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook all have a plethora of years under the belt as each of them are 23 years of age or less. Having coached them from the get-go, Brooks is a guy that knows these players well, a guy these players trust, and the one that needs to stay put in OKC.
The Thunder organization made the best move they could make this offseason by signing Brooks, make no mistake about it.