"I’m still interim (coach),” Brooks said. "I’m thankful for the opportunity. I’ve gotten a lot of games under my belt. I think I’m getting better. I think our team is improving. We’re focused on the next (18 games). We’re not going to throw away these games looking forward to the summer or next season. These are important games for not only myself but for our team to get better.”
Thunder general manager Sam Presti
, who accompanied the team for the start of this three-game road trip, has maintained that Brooks’ status will be evaluated at the end of the season. But with a 14-17 record since New Year’s Eve before Tuesday night’s game against Sacramento, Brooks clearly has been a difference-maker for a team that is one of the league’s youngest and started the season 3-29.
But when asked about his coaching future in the event the Thunder does not retain him, Brooks said he hasn’t vested much time in thinking about it.
"It hasn’t really crossed my mind too much,” Brooks said. "But I like what I’m doing. I like the team I have, and Sam is putting together a bunch of high-character guys that work hard so it’s fun to be around.”
Swift’s son needed surgery
rejoined the team Tuesday after receiving an excused absence from the past two games to tend to personal matters.