The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly hiring Scott Brooks as the lead assistant coach on Head Coach Chauncey Billups’ new staff. If the deal is finalized, Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest is a fan of the new hire.
Jaynes wrote that Brooks’ 12 years of head coaching experience from his stints in Oklahoma City — where he won Coach of the Year in 2010 and took the Thunder to the Finals in 2012 — and Washington will be especially valuable considering Billups’ inexperience as a head coach.
Billups, a first-time head coach at any level, will have an experienced former head coach with a .557 career winning percentage to help guide him through the season.
This would be a great start for Billups in building his first coaching staff.
Jaynes also highlighted Brooks’ respected reputation as a players’ coach and communicator.
He is known as an outstanding communicator and has been popular with his players. Prior to being cut loose by Washington after last season, his two best players – Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook – endorsed bringing him back, but the team did not come to an agreement with Brooks.
You can read the full story from Jaynes here.