November 22, 2008

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach P.J. Carlesimo, just 13 games into the franchise's first season away from Seattle, according to a published report.

Yahoo! Sports cites undisclosed sources with the information, saying Thunder GM Sam Presti informed Carlesimo of his decision before the team boarded a flight to New Orleans. On Friday night, as part of a home-and-home with the Hornets, the Thunder (1-12) fell 105-80 in front of their home fans.

According to the report, assistant coach Scott Brooks has agreed to take over the club on an interim basis. In his last 95 games with the Thunder, formerly the Sonics, Carlesimo posted a 21-74 record and presided over the team's current 10-game losing streak.

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