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Bill Simmons: If Scott Brooks loses Round 1, he’s out of OKC

by Erik Horne Published: April 22, 2014

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks shouts towards an official during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Oklahoma City won 106-94. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks shouts towards an official during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Oklahoma City won 106-94. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

ESPN’s Bill Simmons was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday morning, saying that more than a couple coaches could be on the chopping block if their teams lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

One of those coaches he mentioned was Scott Brooks.

Simmons and Cowherd were on the topic of the vacant New York Knicks coaching job. It’s been widely rumored that former player and current NBA analyst Steve Kerr is the frontrunner for the job because of his connections with Knicks president Phil Jackson.

But Simmons said it might be wiser for Kerr to wait until after the dust settles in the West before making a decision on where he wants to coach. Simmons counted at least three Western Conference teams who would axe their coach if they were unable to win a playoff series.

“If you and I were Steve Kerr, we would wait until this Round 1 ended,” Simmons said. “If the Rockets lose Round 1, (Kevin) McHale’s not coming back. Golden State loses Round 1 to the Clippers, I don’t think Mark Jackson is coming back. If Oklahoma City doesn’t make it out of Round 1 against Memphis for some reason, I don’t think Scott Brooks comes back.

“If Kerr’s smart, I think he should wait two weeks, and just make sure no great jobs are opening up. I’d rather have any of those jobs than the Knicks job.”

The Thunder is currently tied 1-1 in its best-of-7 series with the Memphis Grizzlies. Jackson’s Warriors are tied 1-1 with the Los Angeles Clippers, but were annihilated 138-98 on Monday. McHale and the Rockets are trailing 1-0 in their series with the Portland Trail Blazers.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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