Preventing Scott Brooks from potentially leaving Oklahoma City for the Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Durant reached out to Brooks to let the coach know how much he means to the Thunder's success.

“During negotiations, it can be stressful at times,” Durant said. “One day it looks like something's going to get done and then the next it might not. So I reached out to him and just told him I loved him and let me know what happens.

“It was like the day before they got something done. I think that day was the toughest.”

Brooks ultimately signed a contract extension with the Thunder.