April 16, 2009

Brooks named head coach of Thunder

Scott Brooks, who became the Oklahoma City Thunder's interim coach early this season, has been named head coach of the NBA team.

We are excited to have a head coach in Scott Brooks who believes in our philosophies and consistently leads with those values, General Manager Sam Presti said Wednesday. He has a passion to help our players develop, continue to foster accountability and selfless play, and has the ability to communicate with every player on our roster.

Brooks, a former NBA player, became the Thunder's interim coach in November, replacing P.J.Carlesimo.

Oklahoma City was 22-47 under Brooks this season.

The 43-year-old Brooks previously was an assistant coach for the Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Brooks played for Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston and Dallas during an 11-year NBA career.