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Coaching Fires: 101

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: April 22, 2009

Did the Thunder blunder in its firing of P.J. Carlesimo?

According to one writer it did.

Kevin Sullivan, writing for Sports Business Journal, groups the management of the Carlesimo firing in with the New York Mets’ removal of manager Willie Randolph last June and the Oakland Raiders’ ugly dismissal of coach Lane Kiffin.

Sullivan, a former White House communications director and public relations executive for NBC Universal and the Dallas Mavericks, believes the Thunder could have sent a louder message to its fan base simply by use of better timing rather than the early-morning hour decision it settled on.

(Sam) Presti could have laid out his vision and then introduced impressive assistant coach Scott Brooks as the interim coach for the remainder of the season. Brooks would have had the chance to look into the cameras and say: “I have clear plans to make the team play with more energy and passion,” precisely what he said on that Saturday night in New Orleans when everybody in Oklahoma City was watching OU dismantle Texas Tech.“ 

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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