OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks more prepared for the All-Star game this time around

The Oklahoma City coach will allow himself to enjoy the weekend, instead of stressing about the small stuff.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 14, 2014
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The All-Star break won't provide Thunder coach Scott Brooks much of a break.

Immediately after the Thunder's Thursday night game in Los Angeles, Brooks boarded a plane for New Orleans, set to coach his second All-Star game in three seasons.

But at least this time around, with some experience, Brooks will allow himself to enjoy the weekend, instead of stressing about the small details.

“There's no question last time, a couple years ago, I didn't rest,” Brooks said. “I was worried about practice and pregame and timeout huddles and halftime speeches. That's not happening this year.”

Within the weekend, though, will Brooks use the time to scout his Western Conference competition?

“Without giving away my secrets, I'm not just going down there to substitute players in and out,” Brooks said. “I want to get to know the players, I want to know what makes them tick and how they operate and how they prepare.”

DURANT SAYS BROOKS SHOULD BE COACH OF THE YEAR

In a recent interview with NBA.com, Kevin Durant stuck up for his coach, deflecting any criticism aimed at Brooks.

“How can you knock a guy who I think should be Coach of the Year this year?” Durant told the website. “With us losing Russ (Westbrook) for so long and us staying on top of the best conference in the league, winning games against big teams on the road and he's putting us in position every single game to be successful; who's won 50 games, 55 games, 60 games, 47 games in the lockout (season), and we're on pace for 60 now? I mean, what can you say?”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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