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Thunder head coach Scott Brooks talks about reaching the NBA Finals.
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What gets you back talk about sports is there is kind of like a game. Little little little game tomorrow night Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami Heat NBA finals game one starts tomorrow night to head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder is Scott Brooks and you know before we get to Scott there was. Lot of trash talking on Scott's part the last time he was on the show senior that -- It's nice to have a team I used to have this guy on the -- -- name -- Yes Chris man X. And -- at a at a at a play claims to know you'll know so that's it. They also claimed to know Sports Illustrated swimsuit models still. While. And now Scott Brooks the trash talker the head coach emeritus of the Oklahoma City Thunder joins us on The Dan Patrick Show -- got eight. Got -- there. We just legendary era we're playing your replay your trash talk segment about me not being the eighteen other Democrats. -- hey all I gotta say it every time you're on. I'm must be your only see I don't know but you always you unlike your -- you guys. I'll wait we enjoy it he's injured company ended up until the point of of you ripping me and saying I was the B team in its not like I sit here and say. That Mo cheeks -- that runs the offense bright -- front the defense that you do not think I'm outside that July. Okay my apologies and I go I got a little aggressive there you are you. Hey minus ten. -- are at Scott Brooks head coach Oklahoma City Thunder start game one. But when he for hours away little over that how was your team feel right now. Christian so a pretty good you know I thought we had a couple of great days of practice our guys are excited to great opportunity. Like I tell them and they actually tell me they're not they're not just happy to be here. We've been we've got a golf season long to win a championship like 29 other teams had a goal. We have ability that we have the opportunity to achieve that goal but we've really focusing on a one game minute and play in the test we can. Game one and they move onto the next game that's been our mentality. All season long. How do you prepare for something that most this team has not been so I mean you've -- to the conference finals before that was not a new experience that last round -- now. You're an NBA files were really only Perkins and Fisher have to have any kind of experience enemies there other ways you try to prepare these guys for the magnitude of -- moment. We we definitely talked about it we don't wanna do is go into the situation here while look at this is bigger than I expected. I've talks just -- perk perk has talked to the guys. But like we idyllic. Once the game goes -- the jump ball was thrown off its basketball do you guys all of the game. We've all played for many years and now it's just -- -- -- you think -- do the game that you love and you play as hard as you can you play for your teammates and then. Speed on the NBA's biggest stage. You can't worry about that you -- job is to play good basketball I think our guys that I really believe in it in themselves and what we do as a group. We'll Kevin Durant star LeBron James. Yes I think so. Mean we've we have multiple guys -- that sees us. Put on him abroad -- terrific player he's one of the best in and in the world but. You know we're gonna we're gonna do our job keep him away from the basket and Kevin you know we're gonna hopefully Kevin does a good job -- -- But do you think the Boston did that though in the last two games they kind of kept LeBron away from the basket but he still made shots we -- those the kind of things. You have to kind of live with LeBron he's making those contested -- Yeah -- -- after me yet to pick your poison you can't. He's obviously one of the best players in the world for a reason he can take it to the basket he gets to the free throw line you know just in the last game at 173 told we we want to send -- we don't -- -- and Fallon put them on the line and we -- contested jump shots and the key at that you got to live with that he's a great player he's gonna make some shots. We just don't wanna give him the coast to coast place allows -- some opportunities there -- around the basket but he's hitting three's and tough to news. You know you gotta also just pack your dad had his back and say great shot and move on to next possession. If you guys win a championship will people finally get off Russell Westbrook back. You know last probably not that that's that's people like to do that Bible I'd like I tell him brought so -- I don't care what people saw you in any actually. I don't think he cares much either he does that he plays as hard you can he's getting better and not a he's not a complete player like nobody on our team is he makes mistakes just like we all do it. But what I liked about roughly played with passion he wants to get better and these letters to a pretty good place I mean he's not there any everybody's point guard but he mine and I like captain on and I appreciate what he brings to this thing. As the rays play the post season we talked about only about two turnovers a game I mean is -- of all being in this class have you seen things that a change in him just during this post season. Yeah I think you know just for the last four years you see. -- for truffles sometimes it's not as fast as you look like and sometimes it's it's two or three jumps it and it within a month. And I think these playoffs Ive seen another jumper to just and just in the ability to manage the game to see your game -- game the slower. And would that also the other guys along with Russell -- jumped other guys are making the jump and and our turnovers are down because. The other guys are better spacing they're better spot to run and -- -- better. It's just not just one guy turned the ball over this past season we've had a a group for guys doing their bit in the playoffs would seem to really found a good. Get all since it's mostly we continue that. But I know it's a team game but you know a lot of good -- individual matchups in this game how important. Is it to win these matchups that the a -- bosh Durant LeBron wade pardon slash Sefolosha how important is it for your guys to win those individual matchups. Well there's definitely always games within games. And you have to you have to compete against your match up there's as best you can and I always we talk on our team it's always been a team I've never reach for her. This team and Kevin is Brussels and James are victory or big to. Our young team we've always talked about. This is what we have to do as the thunder and if we do this and we do -- this we're going to be in a position to win. It's never been about individual play it's never been about. Small groups it's always been about our guys competing against that other team and we've always believed that. And I think Kevin quite frankly get five ever single Kevin out. And our I think of the three out he they would be offended by and that's not how they think. Boston pushed Miami to seven games did you see anything that the Celtics did you can take from and use in this series. The Celtics I give them a lot of credit. They have they have experience -- they've had some injuries and of people I don't think people really meant to -- enough they've never -- Terry serious injuries that. That -- To get team down quickly but you know Dawkins and a great job to motivate -- keep connecting inspired. And Garnett is one of the best effort and a guy that guy is as competitive I've ever saying. Any player play this game -- does it every single night and just the way they play you know we've taken some things from them and but we have to do what we do well that we really believe that we're very good team defensively and we have to continue that. Perhaps your mindset going into this series we're physical team we're a tough team. We're mentally strong team and we have to continue those things. Are two questions here most confident guy most real or Morse or most relaxed guy on your roster right now. -- and I thought Kevin -- and had a great day of practice yesterday and he was very confident and relaxed I thought it. And I and I I like that you know he's one of our better players. And he has to continue to be one of our leaders of our team. And I don't sense -- guys on our team like stressed out -- and variety going into this this series and that the final but I do our defense you know we're all little nervous I -- -- I told the guys. You'd have to be nervous I'd like to listen to that telecast a couple of games ago magic. You know he was talked about he was always nervous before games -- until that ball tipped off and that's to me that's good it means you care about what you do you care about the result. And we have a group for guys that all care about how they perform and how they perform for each other. You know Kevin is great it's on that company line with what you know we win as a team and all that stuff but does he relished. The individual match up -- is he has this matchup of LeBron that everybody is going to be watching how do you think he. What do you think his mindset is as far as this -- he does he look forward to it is it nerve wracking for him what is it. I think he looks forward to competing you know I think he's just you have the ability to compete against the best team. You have that we have the ability compete against some of the best players at their position. That's the challenge you get better at that player you don't get better as a player playing against guys like Kiel. Our guys like me you play against -- play against the best players only got have you improved to -- -- wants he wants keep yeah. He better and he's gonna he's a play get so some of the best. Defense is that he will see in this in this series and individual defense LeBron. Brought a great defender. Not only a great offensive player he's a great score to grateful that he is a great defender. Number of flagrant fouls Kendrick Perkins gets called on in the series at at that. Yeah you know got a couple. And -- Where you were gonna play very physical basketball we're gonna keep it within the rules and we're gonna move forward from possession to possession. Now our Iowa Scott Brooks and -- half absolutely. Well Scotty you'll see you tomorrow night best luck in game one I'll stop calling you head coach emeritus after the show's over. Perfect thank you off the tomorrow. Are you got it. -- Scott Brooks head coach Oklahoma City Thunder big series for Scott. Scott's gonna be a coaching free agent after this year does not have a contract with the thunder. In a -- -- put him on the spot right there really not necessary there but he's. Now he's got an attractive guy as far as coaches go and they wanna keep you know talk about continuity with this team. They want to keep everything -- not just the roster and keep the coaching staff in place went to the front office and place when you have a good thing Golan. In us the old saying Avery broke don't fix it and I think Oklahoma City as great --