The Thunder fired Brooks on Wednesday, a week after the team failed to reach the postseason after last year's trip to the Western Conference finals. Injuries to
"This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels," Sam Presti, Thunder executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "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.
"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."
Brooks compiled a 338-207 record in his seven seasons with the team, including one
However, Brooks' inability to deliver a championship to Oklahoma City coupled with the team's struggles this season made him a target for criticism. Last week, Yahoo Sports reported the Thunder brass was evaluating whether to bring back Brooks for the final year of his contract.
Brooks said during exit interviews Thursday that he expected to be back with the team next season.
"We haven't won a championship, but we've done a lot of things that have put us in that position," Brooks said. "We've had some unfortunate bad fortune going back to three years ago, so you never really know what this team can really be until it can stay healthy throughout the season and, most importantly, this part of the season."
Brooks also had the support of his best player,