Jorge Sedano on the Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Scott Brooks
ESPN Radio's Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) joined Jeff Thurn (@jtespn991sf) on Thursday's edition of Overtime.
Sedano co-hosts Sedano and Stink weeknights on ESPN Radio from 6 to 9 p.m. with Mark Schlereth.
Sedano talks about the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder series, and what upsets himself the most about Scott Brooks' playcalling?
"It's funny because I like him as a guy, but he hasn't grown into the role I thought he would. I get it. Young coaches, you're not going to have all the answers right away. I mean I covered Pat Riley for many years and he always talked about how he was so fortunate in L.A. to have so many resources and Erik Spoelstra was lucky in that factor that he had Riley with him and grow into the role. It just doesn't seem that Scott's (Brooks) has been able to do that. He's unimaginative, he's really stubborn when it comes to his lineups at times. I mean I will give you an example, and it's not this series, but Kendrick Perkins in series when he goes against teams that go small, he still plays him, even though he's at a complete disadvantage when Kendrick is in there. Another small example would be Jeremy Lin, who played a good amount of games this year. He played in 78 games, and 19 and 20 minutes a game. Now, I know Thabo Sefolosha was out for awhile, and I know Russell Westbrook was out for awhile, so that factored into the equation. But you're in a series when you need offense, and maybe you don't trust him defensively as much as you trust Sefolosha, but he's certainly a much better offensive player. Little things like that when you're in a series that has four overtime games, you would think you would be able to make those type of adjustments because in the playoffs it's a chest match, and I think coaching matters much more in the postseason than it does in the regular season. I don't think it matters very much in the NBA. So, things like that just drive me nuts."
Thurn asks Sedano if the Thunder and Brooks wasted a couple of seasons of Durant and Westbrook's career's by keeping them aligned with their head coach and not making a decision to move in a different direction sooner?
"I wouldn't go far because again, you're assuming that they all grow into their roles together and that doesn't mean the players. It means the coach, too, in that situation. You don't expect, and look, Spoelstra coached for two years before LeBron got there and had done a nice job. Then, in year one, he lost to a Mavericks team because LeBron played poorly, they didn't have the resources on the bench to bail them out of that situation. But he learned from that. He learned to not have LeBron and (Dwyane) Wade clash offensively. He went that offseason and went and learned from Mike Krzyzewski, obviously learned from (Pat) Riley, and talked to those guys. Talked to a guy like Billy Donovan at Florida, and even went and sought out college football coaches that run spread offenses like Chip Kelly and Urban Meyer, and applied this case and space offense that he created in Miami and did it to cater to his best players. I have yet to see what (Scott) Brooks has done to cater to his best players and make sure they can play harmonious."
To catch more of Sedano's interview with Thurn, click on the link below:
Thurn can be heard weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. on ESPN 99.1
For comments, or story ideas, email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @samtastad.