The Thunder firing Scott Brooks was about Kevin Durant.
Really, everything the Thunder do now is about about Durant.
The reigning MVP will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016, and the prospect of losing him has created desperation in Oklahoma City. That has shown in trading a first-round pick for Dion Waiters, signing Durant-favorite Nick Collison to a lucrative (for him) contract extension, exceeding the luxury tax to get Enes Kanter (especially after infamously refusing to do so for James Harden) and, now, firing Brooks.
Will it work?
Ultimately, it matters only how Durant feels in July 2016.
It doesn’t matter whether he likes Waiters and Collison, appreciates the Thunder’s spending or supports firing Brooks, as his Instagram post says he does:
Durant doesn’t need to correctly determine the best course for the franchise. He has the power, and he can hold Oklahoma City accountable in 2016 for moves he supported at the time. That’s not fair, but that’s reality.
Now, the Thunder’s challenge is finding a coach Durant likes – not necessarily the moment he’s hired, but a year from now.