stevemcqueen1 wrote:I was already on board with the Brooks hire before it happened. He's won me over even more since. I think I can see why his players respond well to him, why they seem to love playing for him. He truly cares about them. And he keeps an open mind and doesn't seem to have an ego at all. And the job isn't too big for him. I think he's better about focusing on a long term vision than Randy was, and I don't think he's going to have the same kind of baggage about Nene and playing favorites in the locker room that undercut Randy's credibility.
He's getting a better deal than Randy did too. The roster is so much further along than it was in 2012. Wall is an All Star. Beal and Porter are going into years four and five, they're ready for as big a role as you can give them. He's got Morris at PF, and while he's not as good as Nene was, his health is a lot more reliable. And while he is a combustible personality, it's not like Nene wasn't difficult. And he's also going to get the tail end of Gortat's prime years to start out with.
His contract also gives him a lot more security than Randy ever got.
I'm not going to get my hopes up for a two or three seed like I did last season, but I think this year could be a pleasant surprise for once. If ever there was a chance for us to finally crack 50 wins, I think it's now.
I like your thoughts about Brooks. I'm on board with this hire. Brooks only lost at OKC when Durant and or Westbrook were injured; and when SA Spurs were on a revenge war path.
I don't agree with the roster being further along. Beal's injuries, Wall's slight regression, Morris having been a problem before and not seeming to be better than Hickson IMO--plus his off-court rep; and the lack of bodies all have me thinking the roster isn't any more talented than what just finished 10th in the east.
We'll just have to see how things shake out, but I like what I'm learning about Scotty Brooks. Like you, I support this hire.