Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo spoke with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, his first public comments since being fired following a 25-point loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 21.
Carlesimo declined to discuss the details of his firing or any specifics regarding the situation in Oklahoma City but said he enjoyed his time in town, with the only drawback being living 2,000 miles away from his wife and children who remained in Seattle.
“It just wasn’t good not being with the family,” Carlesimo said at Saturday’s Gonzaga-Connecticut game at KeyArena. “Being back (in Seattle) is great. To be honest with you, the kids have loved the last two days. It’s more snow than they’ve ever seen, so they are happy as heck. It’s great to be back here, it really is.”We were just real fortunate, the neighborhood we live in, the school the kids are in, an absolute home run for us, so really it’s worked out perfect.”
Carlesimo went on to say interim coach Scott Brooks “and those guys will move on and do well and that other than not being with his family OKC “was fine, people were great. The atmosphere was great. I was treated extremely well.”
Carlesimo also said he is looking to return to coaching soon.
“I would rather get paid to coach than get paid not to coach,” he said. “Forget what the record was, that doesn’t make any difference. We went through similar (things) last year, not to the extent it’s been this year, but you know you’re working and as long as the guys are working and you feel you’re improving. A lot of people say, ‘Well, hell, you got out of it,’ (but) I’d rather be working than not.”