After being fired as Oklahoma City Thunder coach after the Thunder’s 1-12 start, P.J. Carlesimo landed some broadcasting work late in the season. He has called college basketball games for Westwood One radio — including OU in the Memphis Regional — six NBA playoff games for TNT and the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland for FSN, where he covered Putnam City star Xavier Henry. Carlesimo, 59, talked about his broadcasting work and the Thunder’s season during a telephone interview from Houston, where he called the Trail Blazers-Rockets game Thursday night. Q: Would you like to continue broadcasting or return to coaching? A: It’s been really enjoyable. It’s just the second time for me. When I got fired by Golden State (in 1999), I did some Spurs games and I did the last two years of the NBC contract. I loved it. Given a choice, I would definitely rather be coaching. Obviously, I wish I was still in Oklahoma City. I think that was a great opportunity. I will just wait and see what happens. Usually come the end of the year, there are some opportunities out there. This (broadcasting) isn’t an easy racket to crack. I was lucky because it was the end of the year and they needed extra guys to try to get them through. The real jobs, the elite jobs where guys make a living doing that, not too many of them open up. What led to the Hornets’ collapse at the end of the season? I don’t know. They are a little dinged up. Tyson Chandler is definitely not right. He hasn’t been right the whole year. He’s physically OK to play, but he’s not 100 percent. He’s not explosive. He’s not jumping up and running the way he’s capable of. David West has been struggling a little bit by his standards. Chris (Paul) has been playing out of his mind, but he hasn’t been getting a lot of help. I still think the nucleus is there, but injuries just wrecked their year. What were your impressions of the Thunder’s season? I thought Scotty (Brooks) and the staff did an excellent job. I thought the team continued to get better and better as the year went on, which is something that you always hope for. It happened last year, too, in Seattle. ... The difference in Kevin Durant, and the individual improvement in some of the players is so dramatic. It’s primarily Kevin and how hard he worked, but it’s also Brian Keefe, the assistant who spent a lot of time working with him, and Scotty came along. I think Jeff Green has continued to improve. Russell Westbrook had an excellent rookie year. Some of the moves the team made have been really good. Most of the moves last year were salary cap moves, or moves to position themselves for the draft or free agency. Getting (Nenad) Krstic and (Thabo) Sefolosha are moves that will help the team on the floor right now and in the future. Should the Thunder put together a trade package to deal for Blake Griffin? I will avoid the question a little bit. That’s something the front office people will have to figure out. I had Blake and OU the second week of the NCAA in Memphis. He’s an unbelievably impressive player, not just the way he played, but the interviews and how he handled himself. I really liked him. I think he’s going to be a real special player in the league. You would just think that could be such a great, natural thing. It would be nice to see the same way that he stayed home, after growing up in Oklahoma City, to go to OU, and to think he could bounce to the Thunder would be an amazing story. But I think there’s going to be a lot of people looking at Blake, saying, "We’d like to have him.” An earlier version incorrectly stated P.J. Carlesimo's age as 49. He is 59.