The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, and that cost coach Scott Brooks his job.
The team announced that it had parted ways with the coach after seven seasons. He led them to a 45-37 record after Kevin Durant missed much of the season with a foot injury
“This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” Sam Presti, Thunder executive vice president and GM said in a statement.
Durant, the reigning most valuable player, started 27 games this season.
“As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what Scott and this team were able to,” Presti said. “Therefore, it is very important to state that this decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment of what we feel is necessary at this point in time in order to continually evolve, progress and sustain. We determined that, in order to stimulate progress and put ourselves in the best position next season and as we looked to the future, a transition of this kind was necessary for the program. We move forward with confidence in our foundation and embrace the persistence and responsibility that is required to construct an elite and enduring basketball organization capable of winning an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.”