I’ve always loved Scott Brooks, or as my brothers and friends used to call him growing up in Houston: Scottie Brooks.
And now I have even more of a reason to love Scottie, as coach Brooks aims to lead his Oklahoma City Thunder to a round one upset of Kobe Bryant and the overrated, highly egotistical LA Lakers.
Thankfully, the Thunder stole game three from the Lakers as Brooks and Oklahoma City have made it a series again as they aim to tie it up tonight.
“It feels good to finally get a win in this series against the reining champs,” Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant told NBA.com writer Randy Renner. “I probably only guarded Kobe [Bryant] 10 or 11 possessions in the regular season but [Thunder assistant] coach Ron Adams told me it was my turn so I just wanted to play my hardest. It’s a chance to make me better, guarding the best player in the world.”
In addition, Brooks was recently named the NBA’s Coach of the Year.
“I know this singles out me as the coach of the team but I truly believe that this is an Oklahoma City Thunder team award,” Brooks told Thunder.NBA.com writer Chris Silva. “Most importantly I thank the players. We all know the success that you have as a team is predicated on the commitment you have in players and we have 15 guys who are strongly committed to each other strongly and want to improve every day. I’m thankful for them.”
Here are five reasons why coach Brooks and his Thunder team should be extremely ecstatic heading into Game Four against the hated Lakers…