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Scott Brooks wants to stay as head coach of Wizards

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While Scott Brooks' future as the Wizards head coach will ultimately be decided by general manager Tommy Sheppard and team chairman Ted Leonsis, any contract extension would involve two sides. Brooks, of course, has a say in the matter and he wants to be back.

After the Wizards' Game 5 loss to the Sixers on Wednesday night, which eliminated them from the playoffs and ended their season, Brooks made it clear he would like to continue coaching the Wizards for what would be a sixth season next year.

"I love it here. There’s no decision in my mind, I love it here," Brooks said.

Brooks, 55, just wrapped up the final season of his five-year contract which was signed in 2016. He made $7 million annually and led them to three playoff appearances in five years.

Brooks has a strong relationship with star point guard Russell Westbrook, who gave him an emphatic endorsement after Wednesday's game. And he's well-liked within the locker room and the organization.

For Brooks, his affinity for coaching the Wizards goes beyond basketball. He said he was particularly impressed with the organization's response last spring and summer to current events. The Wizards joined forces with the WNBA's Mystics to launch social justice initiatives, including opening Capital One Arena as a polling place for the November election and marching in solidarity on Juneteenth.

 

The NBA came to a halt due to the coronavirus, meanwhile, the nation had a reckoning over race relations following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. Brooks was involved in all of the team's activism efforts and was deeply impacted by participating.

"That’s when I really saw what great ownership is about... With what I saw there, I wouldn’t want to move on. I love it here. I love the city. My family loves it," Brooks said.

Brooks also said the decision about his future was "for a later time." That time will likely come in the next few days; either Brooks will be back or the Wizards will be looking for a new head coach.