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Old 11-23-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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Is P.J. Carlesimo headed back to San Antonio?
J.D. Hutchins, SpursReport
Sunday, November 23, 2008

With the Oklahoma City Thunder off to a league-worst 1-12 start, P.J. Carlesimo was fired as coach Saturday and replaced on an interim basis by his assistant coach Scott Brooks.

The firing came after a 105-80 skid to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, the Thunder's tenth straight loss.

General Manager Sam Presti, who worked with Carlesimo in San Antonio and later hired him said Brooks would finish the season.

"This isn't about one person," Presti said. "There's accountability for everybody involved players, coaches, myself and anyone involved with our basketball team. We understand that."

Carlesimo had some pressure to produce a winner around Kevin Durant, but he never really stood a chance after inheriting a roster shredded by the trades of stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis after a decision to rebuild.

"We have to get better no matter who the coach is," Durant said. "To start off like we did my first year and now this year is tough to deal with. If we continue to work hard, things will start to turn around for us."

Almost immediately, Carlesimo was making news with fans in San Antonio. As soon as the firing hit the news wires, the official team roster at began listing Carlessimo's name. [see screen capture and comments here]

The listing was dismissed as a typo by team officials and was later removed.

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Old 11-23-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is P.J. Carlesimo headed back to San Antonio?

I liked him as an assistant in San Antonio but I never really saw him as head coach material so the firing didn't shock me much. Especially from the Thunder who lack much talent.
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Default Re: Is P.J. Carlesimo headed back to San Antonio?

i certainly want to see him back in SA, he was part of champoinship squad in SA and it wont hurt team if he comes back. In fact his mentoring and experience will help the young spurs players to continue to improve.
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