Scott Brooks was asked a number of questions about Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his first trip back to Oklahoma City. Brooks coached Durant and Westbrook through the 14-15 season.
"He made a decision he thought was best for him," Brooks said of Durant. "At that time, it was something that I knew that he earned that right.
"But now, the last couple of days it's been thinking about things differently because I'm here. I've had a lot of great years with all the guys and we had a good run together. Kevin was a big part of it and I still feel we had a lot of great opportunities to win a championship. We were close, but a lot of things happen. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game. We bounced back in a lot of ways but he made the choice that was best for his family."
Brooks was also asked about Durant and Westbrook's currently icy relationship.
"It doesn't make me feel good," Brooks said. "As a coach of the team ... when you're coaching a group of athletic, competitive-minded players, you're gonna have arguments, you're gonna have disagreements, but you have to be able to keep the group together. I thought the staff did a great job of doing that with a lot of people trying to separate them.
"I think that eventually they're going to (talk) ... I don't think they have. I'll trust you guys that you guys know they haven't spoke(n), and maybe that's probably dangerous on my part to trust you guys. But I don't like to see that. They did so many wonderful things together and they should be proud of that and not be focused on not winning the championship. A lot of things happen in order to win one and (I'm) fortunate we were there and able to (try to) win one."