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Scott Brooks fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder

After missing the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder want a new direction in the upcoming NBA season by firing seven-year head coach Scott Brooks.

The Thunder failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in the last day of the regular season. They were virtually tied with the Pelicans who owned the tie break. The team was plague with injuries, especially Kevin Durant playing with only 27 games this season and power forward Serge Ibaka.

“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 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.”

“He led us, man,” Durant said of Brooks according to report. “He made sure everybody was emotionally stable because we had a lot of guys in and out of the lineup and he kept everybody together. That’s what your head coach is supposed to do. I can’t really say nothing about it because he did his job. He kept us together.”

Brooks was able to lead the Thunder in the playoffs in his first six seasons. He even brought them to the NBA Finals, losing to Miami. His .620 winning percentages is the best of all-time among coaches never win a title. He has a winning percentage in the postseason, 39-34 record.

ESPN reports that Brook is an instant candidate in both Orland and Denver, which have opening on head coaching job.

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