The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that PJ Carlesimo has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Sam Presti. “It is one that I felt was necessary at this time. I am very appreciative of the hard work and effort that PJ gave to this team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Assistant coach Scott Brooks will take over as interim head coach of the Thunder.

Carlesimo was named head coach on July 5 2007, becoming the 15th head coach in franchise history. During his one-plus season Carlesimo guided the franchise to a 21-74 (.221) record.

Over the span of eight seasons Carlesimo holds a career coaching record of 204-296 (.408).

The team also announced that Paul Westhead was relieved of his duties as assistant coach.