Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Saturday that he anticipates his contract negotiations with Thunder management to pick up in the coming days.
“I'm sure in the next couple of days we'll sit down and get together,” said Brooks, whose contract expires June 30.
Since taking over early in the 2008-09 season, the Thunder has gradually improved under Brooks. He led the Thunder to a 50-win season in 2009-10, earning Coach of the Year honors; 55 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals last year and a 47-win season in a lockout-shortened campaign this year. The Thunder's season ended with a trip to the NBA Finals, where Oklahoma City lost in five games to Miami.
“Definitely, I wish I was preparing or just finishing up practice going into Game 6,” Brooks said. “You definitely need a few days just to reflect on what we've done this year. But the next couple of days, we plan on getting together.”
Brooks continues to have the support of his players, none of whom expressed any doubt that Brooks will be back.
“If I turn on ESPN and I see he's signed somewhere else, yeah, I'll be real concerned,” said Nick Collison. “But for now, until he either signs and comes back or something happens, we don't worry about it a lot.”
Said Russell Westbrook: “Since I've been here we've gotten better each and every year. He's learning right along with us. We're all learning to get better and become better. Hopefully we can have everybody back and come back and try to do the same thing.”
HARDEN PUTTING FINALS PERFORMANCE BEHIND HIM
One of the most mystifying aspects of the Thunder's trip to the NBA Finals was the play of guard James Harden.
The team's sixth man averaged just 12.4 points on 37.5 percent shooting.
In his last interview of the season Saturday, Harden couldn't point to a singular reason for his struggles but said his offensive game just sort of snowballed the entire series.
“It's tough,” Harden said. “Shots didn't fall. The shots that felt good, that usually go in, didn't go in. They were hitting back rim or rimming in and out. It starts to take a toll on you. You start to think about it a little bit.”