P.J. Carlesimo Out As Thunder Head Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, November 22, 2008. (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach P.J. Carlesimo with the team off to an NBA-worst 1-12 start in its new city.

Assistant Scott Brooks will serve as interim coach.

General manager Sam Presti called the decision "very difficult" but necessary. The Thunder have lost 10 in a row.

The firing came after a 105-80 loss last night to the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets played for two seasons in Oklahoma City and rebuilt themselves into a playoff contender during that time.

The Thunder relocated from Seattle in the offseason after a franchise-worst 20-win season to start Carlesimo's tenure. Carlesimo was 21-74 in just over one season with the franchise. Oklahoma City plays the Hornets again tonight in New Orleans.

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