Brooks: Thunder job is "where I wanted to be"

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks says he never feared that he wouldn't reach a contract extension, even after his previous deal was allowed to expire.

Brooks said Tuesday that he always believed the new contract would get worked out and that "this is where I wanted to be." Brooks was without a contract for a day and a half after his old deal expired over the weekend.

He says the timeframe wouldn't have been an issue if the Thunder hadn't made such a deep run in the playoffs, making it all the way to the NBA Finals before losing to the Miami Heat in five games. Once the season was over, there were only eight days left to negotiate a new contract.