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P.J. Carlesimo Out As Nets Coach

12:12pm: Bondy hears Van Gundy isn't a high priority candidate for the team, and says it's unlikely the Nets will even meet with him (Twitter links). King, meanwhile, told reporters he'll be giving Jackson a call, tweets Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record.

11:50am: Nets GM Billy King told reporters, including Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, that interim coach P.J. Carlesimo will not return (Twitter link). The team elected to let the coach go after last night's first-round elimination in Game Seven against the Bulls. Ken Berger of reported within the hour that the team would make its decision on Carlesimo swiftly, and hinted that the Nets would not retain him. The search for a replacement will begin immediately, and sources tell Berger that Jeff Van Gundy will be a primary target (Twitter link).

The Nets aren't setting a timetable for themselves as they begin their search, tweets Joshua Newman of Carlesimo had been an assistant coach when the team fired head coach Avery Johnson in December. Brooklyn had a record of 14-14 at that point, but under Carlesimo the Nets went 35-19 over the rest of the regular season and grabbed the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Van Gundy and Phil Jackson were reportedly among the team's targets to take over in the middle of the season, but with tepid response from its top candidates, the team decided to let Carlesimo coach the rest of the season. The Nets have continued to be linked to Jackson over the past few months. 

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6 thoughts on “P.J. Carlesimo Out As Nets Coach

  1. not surprised he was let go when you figure he couldnt beat a bulls team that had so many guys miss games. (rose 7, hinrich 3, deng 2 and noah being limited in the first few games)

    • Z....

      “he couldnt beat a bulls team….” I dont get how he was the one that went 2-14 in game 7. Personally, the Nets were lucky to get that far. I picked the Bulls before this series started, even with the injuries, and was never worried for even a second

      • coaches take the blame when teams do bad where have you been. this has the norm the last 10 years

        • Z....

          I know, that doesnt mean its always right. there are some situations where it really is, but most of the time, they are just used as a scapegoat for the real problem

          • i know but its alot easier to fire a coach then it is to fire a player or two

          • Hec4Mets

            Yea I agree this wasn’t PJ’s fault at all he honestly turned things around for that team and honestly deserved a chance to at least coach them for another year. I just think Billy King is looking for a coach like Phil Jackson when the fact of the matter is he isn’t going to find one like him on the market at this point and is really gonna end up looking bad I think for letting PJ go.

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