[Guide] News on April 23, The Thunder announced today the dismissal of their employer coach Scott Brooks, and many people are analyzing them
Why such a decision was made, but ESPN’s long-term Cavaliers reporter John Krolick gave a weird reason: because of Dion Waiters.
This season is only Waiters’ third season in the league, but his team has fired three head coaches, one per season.
Waiters is a coach killer
Brooks has been coaching the Thunder since the 2008-09 season. He has led the team to the Western Conference Finals three times in the past seven seasons. He can be regarded as the team’s meritorious coach.
But after a failed season, Brooks unfortunately became a scapegoat and could not escape the bad luck of being fired.
According to statistics from professional data websites, among all the coaches who have never won a championship, Brooks has the highest winning percentage (at least coaching more than 500 games).
In the 7 seasons of coaching the Thunder, Brooks led the team to play 545 games and won 338 games, with a winning rate of 62%.
It can be said that Brooks was fired beyond the expectations of many people, including the head coaches of the Clippers and Spurs.
“Actually, as coaches, our perspectives are about the same,” Rivers said at today’s pre-match press conference.
“So I know that what Scott (Brooks) has done is really not easy.” Understanding is understood, but when the reporter asked Rivers to continue to evaluate, the latter said that this was the Thunder’s decision after all, and he couldn’t say much.
And Popovich said: “This is too unfair to him. He really did a great job. He shouldn’t be fired.”
In fact, Brooks was the scapegoat for the Thunder’s failure to make the playoffs, but can he be blamed?
This season, the Thunder suffered a large area of injuries, especially the head star Kevin Durant only played 27 games due to injury, which is also the point of view of many media.
But ESPN reporter Krolick gave a weird reason: Waiters, he wrote on Twitter: “Dion Waiters played in the NBA for three seasons, and after each season his head coach will
Indeed, Waiters was selected by the Cavaliers with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2012 draft. Their head coach in the 2012-13 season was Byron Scott (now the head coach of the Lakers), but after that season he was selected by the Cavaliers.
After that, the Cavaliers hired Mike Brown as the head coach, but under his leadership, the Cavaliers only achieved a record of 33 wins and 49 losses in the 2013-14 season, ranking only 10th in the Eastern Conference, so the management once again swept him out
The head coach of the Cavaliers this season is David Blatt. Fortunately for Blatt, Waiters was traded to the Thunder in the middle of the season.
Blatter avoided the fate of being fired, but Waiters has “scourge” Brooks.
In just three years since entering the league, three head coaches have been fired. Waiters is really a coach killer!