P.J. Carlesimo had a job last night. This morning he doesn’t. The Oklahoma City coach was fired after last night’s 25-point loss to New Orleans, the Thunder’s 10th straight loss and their 12th in only 13 games. Assistant coach Scott Brooks will take over the team for the time being, starting with tonight’s game in the Big Easy, the second of a home-and-home with the Hornets.
The move isn’t really surprising, as the Thunder have been atrocious this year, but I wonder what was expected. The team obviously isn’t very good and I don’t think anyone expected them to do much this year. Was it the 10th straight loss? Was it a reaction to the crowd turning on the team earlier in the week? Maybe the higher-ups were tired of hearing Carlesimo’s perpetually-hoarse voice in practice and on the sidelines. Whatever the case, he’s gone.
Brooks faces a tough task, taking over a Thunder team that ranks last in the league in wins, point differential, field goal percentage and turnovers per game. They are also next to last in steals allowed and points per game at just under 89 per. The road will get rougher before it gets easier, OKC faces the Hornets, the Suns and the Cavaliers in their next three games.