I like Brooks alright, but damn. Three of the coaches I coveted as replacements for Eddie Jordan, years ago.
Dave Joeger -- won with every CBA team he ever ran, with a teaching mindset that inspires players to commit to smart cooperative team defense.
David Blatt -- killed the Euroleague with a ball movement player motion concept, a more functional version of the 'Princeton' offense, similar to the GSW game.
And the penguin Thom Thibodeau. Defense and player motivation mastermind.
plus one I never coveted, Frank Vogel who is a solid solid coach, who surprised me with how much he was able to do with very little with the Pacers.
And other possibilities like Kevin Ollie, maybe Coach Cal. All available. Any of which would infuse the team with buzz and a sense of a new start.
I like Brook's excitement over analytics. Love his history with a team that has committed to analysis and thoughtful moves, good drafting. Love the idea he will have input in shaping this team and maybe in hiring the next front office exec, if GMEG just plays out the final year of his contract. Love his record on player development. I'm skeptical that he'll have any effect on pulling Durant, who at this point in his career will be chasing a ring, not being distracted by the demands of being a local kid turned superstar. Too many hands out. Recall this is the shy kid who went to far away to Texas for college, not UMD for instance. But still Brooks will be an upgrade if he has input in roster selections and team building and draft picks if we ever actually have any.
That said, the above coaches (the Daves, the Penguin) have been proven champions, innovators at thinking through the metagame in how to outclass their opponent despite lesser talent. The answer is not simply: be the Golden State Warriors, but instead find the mismatches in what other teams are not doing. Brooks is decent, solid, an upgrade, helps us maybe build a real team that grows up together instead of relying on retreads cast off veterans and journeymen. But is he a woodshed workshop genius? So far no. Hopefully he recruits one for his bench.