Following the news on Wednesday that the Washington Wizards and head coach Scott Brooks would mutually part ways, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis took to Twitter to show his appreciation for the former head coach.
Thank you, Scott Brooks, his entire family and his coaching staff for the many years of service and leadership to the @WashWizards and our community," Leonsis tweeted.
"Scotty led with grace, dignity, and a deep commitment to values around team achievement. Placing players and staff first, and being focused on player character and professional development...We played with pace and became a fun team for fans to root for and had a great run to qualify for the playoffs this season. Great coach, great person, great family. Thank you, Coach Brooks," he continued.
Leonsis and the front office hired Brooks prior to the 2016-17 season, and in five seasons at the helm, the head coach compiled a 521-414 record in the regular season. Brooks also took Washington to the playoffs three times, most recently during the 2020-21 campaign.
Despite reaching the postseason after a slow start in his fifth year as head coach of the Wizards, the two sides parted ways after Brooks' contract expired. It was a decision made by general manager Tommy Sheppard.
Now, Leonsis, Sheppard and the front office will be tasked with finding a new head coach to work with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook in a win-now environment. It's a search that will be diverse and take some time.