NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Hiring Scott Brooks

NBA rumors have been swirling around Scott Brooks. Many teams in the NBA will be parting ways with their current head coach once the season comes to an end. The former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach will be high on a lot of teams’ radar this summer. According to Bleacher Report, the Houston Rockets will be making a big push to acquire the former NBA Coach of the Year.

For the Houston Rockets, signing Scott Brooks would make a lot of sense. His history with the Rockets organization and current superstar James Harden could play a big part in the team’s interest in the former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach. Brooks played for Houston when they won an NBA Championship. He was a part of a legendary team that won a title with just one superstar in Hakeem Olajuwon. Even though his time with the Rockets was short, he was very much a fan favorite because he was a scrappy player.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden
James Harden [Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images]
It will be interesting to see how Scott Brooks will handle James Harden. When they were together with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooks allowed Harden to score at will. This time, things might be different since Harden is now starting instead of coming off the bench. While Brooks was with the Thunder, he ran the offense through both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both players strived while playing under Brooks. He can do the same for Harden.

Scott Brooks’ relationship with Dwight Howard will be an interesting one. Howard has shown he can still be one of the best centers in the National Basketball Association. He just needs to be put in the right offensive system. Brooks has experience with playing with one of the most dominant big men in the history of the NBA in Hakeem Olajuwon. It will interesting if he can parlay that experience into helping Howard reach his full potential.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard [Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]
Hiring Scott Brooks would be a win for the Houston Rockets. During his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the former Coach of the Year has a .620 career regular season winning percentage and helped develop several prospects who came into the National Basketball Association as question marks. Those players were Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Reggie Jackson.

If the Houston Rockets do hire Scott Brooks, it can help influence Kevin Durant sign with the team. Brooks isn’t the only person to have ties to Durant. James Harden knows him pretty well too. With the help of the former Oklahoma City Thunder coach, they could convince Durant to come join the Rockets and help bring an NBA Championship back to Houston. The combination of Harden and Durant will give Houston one of the best offensive duos in the National Basketball Association.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant [Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images]
The Houston Rockets will also have other options for their vacancy. One option will be former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who used to be an assistant for the Rockets under Jeff Van Gundy. Houston is interested in the former head coach due to his structure and discipline. While Thibodeau was coaching the Bulls, he led the team to the playoffs every season and boasts one of the best defenses in the NBA. Another option for the Rockets would be Luke Walton. The former Los Angeles Lakers moved to the top of the list on several teams wish list. Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record while head coach Steve Kerr was out with an injury.

The Houston Rockets will need to hire the right coach to lead the team to an NBA Championship. Scott Brooks is one of the top candidates who is without a job. Hiring the former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach would mean the Rockets are taking steps into the right direction.

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