Scott Brooks, who was fired as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder in April, has no intentions of coaching in the NBA next season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Brooks declined interview opportunities with the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets, both of whom fired their coaches in the past several months.
Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California, sources said.
Although he was ridiculed for his simplistic offensive scheme and lack of in-game adjustments, Brooks did a fantastic job as Oklahoma City’s head man. Brooks took the Thunder to three Western Conference Finals, and to the NBA Finals in 2012. He has been celebrated for his player developmental success, as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams have all become either a superstar or solid NBA player under Brooks.
The Thunder tabbed former University of Flordia head coach Billy Donovan as Brooks’ replacement, but Brooks is still due a portion of his 2015-16 salary. In addition to the Pelicans and Nuggets, Brooks was linked to the Orlando Magic head coaching vacancy.
Scott Brooks has a career coaching record of 338-207.