Kevin Durant thanks Scott Brooks in Instagram post
In the post, Durant said the day was "tough" for him but that he supports his team's decision to fire Brooks "100%." He also thanked Brooks and said he grew "as both a man and a ball player under his guidance."
The full text of Durant's post:
"Today was tough for me. While I support our team's decision 100% and look forward to the upcoming season and the future in OKC, Scotty was my friend and a coach for the past seven seasons. We accomplished a lot together, and those times will never be taken away from us. I grew as both a man and a ball player under his guidance and for that I will forever be grateful. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family who have also been such a big part of this city and organization. I know he will be very successful in wherever his next steps in life are."
Brooks was 338–207 in seven seasons as Thunder coach, leading the team to five straight playoff appearances. Oklahoma City missed the playoffs this year after dealing with a rash of injuries, including to Durant. In March, Durant was ruled out for the remainder of the season and later underwent bone graft surgery on his right foot.
- Molly Geary