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OKC Thunder: Q&A with coach Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks coaches one of the more emotional teams in the NBA. The Thunder led the league in technical fouls this season, and players such as Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are known as volatile personalities.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 14, 2014

Do you have to have an emotional off switch?

Brooks: “Yes, you have to as a coach. Sometimes that’s hard. But you have to take yourself out of the situation and keep everybody stabilized. I think our guys have been through a lot of experiences together. There’s no question the last two games have been an emotional rollercoaster, for the good part of the ride and the scary part of the ride. But you all love to be on it. We all live for these moments. We all live to be put into these positions. Our guys thrive in these areas. With that being said, we still have to figure out ways to improve and get better.”

Everyone talks about Westbrook’s emotions, but how about Ibaka’s emotions?

Brooks: “He’s very emotional. He’s very prideful. Those are the things I love about him. Those are things that sometimes drive me crazy. But I like being driven crazy when you care about something and you’re passionate about something like Serge is. Serge is a passionate basketball player. He’s competitive. Wants to win every possession. He gets frustrated when he misses a shot, he gets frustrated when he misses a rotation, he gets frustrated when he misses an opportunity to get a rebound. That’s what makes our team very good. We’ve always built our team being competitive with each other in practice and transforming that over to the basketball court in the games.”