Roster changes create new challenges for Thunder coach Scott Brooks
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Nov 2, 2012
But in Martin’s first game with the Thunder, and the Thunder’s first game of the season, Brooks had little choice but to go with what he knew. Following Oklahoma City’s functional exchange of James Harden for Kevin Martin, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is tasked with making sense of two very disparate talents. It was a perfectly fair experiment, and one that highlighted a few of the rotational quirks that Brooks and the Thunder will need to address over the course of the season. The early evidence suggests that the Thunder’s all-reserve lineup is in trouble. His substitution pattern mimicked the general structure of last year’s rotation, beginning with the joint entry of Martin as a Harden surrogate and Nick Collison after about seven or eight minutes of play in the first quarter.