Scott Brooks has the support of both his star, Kevin Durant, and his GM, Sam Presti. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty)
During a second straight playoff run that saw the Oklahoma City Thunder fail to reach the NBA Finals, questions about head coach Scott Brooks' job security intensified. But Thunder GM Sam Presti is not among Brooks' critics, and he says that his head coach will be back next season, per a tweet from The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry.
In an address to the media Thursday, Presti said "Scott will come back a little bit better."
The Thunder went 59-23 this season and secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. In six years with Oklahoma City, Brooks has compiled a 293-170 record.
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Brooks also has the support of at least one of his players. After the Thunder were eliminated, star forward Kevin Durant was asked about Brooks' job security. His response, via Royce Young of Daily Thunder:
"That’s our guy. I’m riding with him. I’m riding with him. It’s easy for everybody on the outside to criticize, but once you’re in the fire, once you’re in that arena, those are the guys that matter. The guys that share the blood, sweat and tears, and sleepless nights, those are the guys that count, those are the guys that matter in our book. Everybody on the outside really doesn’t."
Brooks is the third-winningest coach in the NBA over the last two years, trailing only San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra.