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Report: Wizards coach Scott Brooks on hot seat

Wizards coach Scott Brooks

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Head coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards looks on during the second half of the game against the Miami Heat at Capital One Arena on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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The Wizards are trying to win now. But they’re just 3-8. Washington coach Scott Brooks is in the final year of his contract.

Do the math.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer:

League sources say Brooks is sitting firmly on the hot seat.

The Wizards’ on-court problems extend far beyond Brooks. Russell Westbrook has struggled through injury and is now sidelined. Thomas Bryant is out for the year.

But it’s also tough to build an affirmative case for keeping Brooks, either. Washington’s defense has remained dismal on his watch. The Wizards haven’t found quality chemistry this season.

Fairly or not, coaches often take the fall in situations like this. Bradley Beal’s status only increases pressure on Washington – and, therefore, Brooks.

For now, the Wizards’ coronavirus outbreak takes priority. But as has been shown across all sports, this pandemic isn’t stopping the coaching carousel.