Oklahoma City Thunder Interim Coach Scott Brooks to Return Next Season

Greg EvansCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

With less that eight hours left in Oklahoma City's first season, it has been announced the interim tag will be removed from current head coach Scott Brooks. The hire was announced by Chris Silvia of the Thunder Blog.

Brooks took over the Thunder on Nov. 22. This announcement was made known to him on a plane ride to New Orleans.

The Thunder grew and developed into a competitive team under the guidance of Scott Brooks. From day one, Brooks has preached a defensive philosophy. He oversaw the movement of Kevin Durant from shooting guard to small forward and Jeff Green from small forward to power forward.

These moves helped foster the growth of these young players, and both have improved significantly over last season.

Benefiting from an entire offseason and preseason under Brooks,the Thunder should be able to grow in Brooks' system even more. Rookie point guard Russell Westbrook should benefit from an entire offseason under the tutelage of a former NBA point guard.

Hopefully, Brooks will have to use his trademark “moral victories” line less often next season.

Notes:

The Thunder went 21–49 under Brooks.

Oklahoma City posted a 10–9 from Dec. 31 and Feb. 8, its best stretch of the season.

*Stats from Thunder.NBA.com

*Image from SI.com

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