The Washington Wizards had a pretty topsy-turvy season. After being 17-32 and looking like a surefire lottery team, they were able to turn things around and salvage a postseason berth.
Bradley Beal led the NBA in scoring for most of the year, but the wins didn't come with the offense from the Wizards star. But once Russell Westbrook went alpha on the league, Washington's fortunes turned in the final two months to end the season. But both of them will tell you that head coach Scott Brooks was just as vital a part of that turnaround.
The Wizards frontmen spoke effusively on their head coach after getting eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5. Russell Westbrook gave his hard endorsement to bring back his long-time coach. (via The Athletic's Fred Katz)
“He did a hell of a job…He should be applauded for the job he’s done with this ballclub.”
“As far as management, as far as ownership, that’s not my decision. Me personally, I don’t see why Scottie should go anywhere.”
Beal, while giving a more conservative answer, heaped praise on the coaching style of Scotty B after his long tenure as the Wizards' play-caller.
“I’ve been with Scott, what? Five years now. Every year’s been different. And he coaches his tail off. He goes out there and he’s all about his team. He supports us, defends us and wants us to do well. He’s a true players coach…I’ve been appreciative of him.”
It remains to be seen if the Wizards will stick with Brooks next season or head another direction. But his star players won't seem to mind if he stays.