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Report: Nets going to take time with Phil Jackson, let Carlesimo run show

Jan 4, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

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The bottom line has not changed — if Phil Jackson wants to be the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, he can be.

But the timetable seems to have slowed down, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times. From the first days after Avery Johnson was fired the Nets said they were not going to treat the coaching search like the Lakers did and find someone fast. They said they wanted to take their time.

They trust interim coach P.J. Carlesimo enough to do that, Beck reports.

(The Nets) will woo Jackson whenever he is ready to be wooed, whether now or this summer.

They will happily stick with Carlesimo as the interim coach for the duration of the season, and perhaps even beyond, depending on the results.

The Nets and Jackson have not yet had any formal contact, Beck notes.

Jackson prefers to be deliberate with his decisions; he would not rush into a job. In particular that make sense because you can’t really implement the triangle offense on the fly during the regular season. Waiting until this summer makes sense.

What Jackson needs to decide is now much this roster can be tweaked — as of now the top end for this roster would be 50 wins and out in the second round of the playoffs. Does Jackson like this roster and can it be improved to both become more talented and better fir his system.

There are a lot of questions. And we shouldn’t expect any fast answers s

  1. cakemixa - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    So the Nets are acting as if Jackson is interested, even though he said he isn’t. Doesn’t that kind of make him their imaginary girlfriend?

  2. jmclarkent - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I don’t think that there is a coach in the league who can win a ring with that roster. This team has been Billy KIng’d, which means that they are pretty much stuck at this level of talent for the next few years with no cap flexibility and a gaggle of bad contracts.

    • abasketballthing - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Some coaches can. Popovich, for example, could easily get their perimeter players back to their All-Star levels of production. Tom Thibodeau can get nearly any roster to play good defense. The question is if there is an avaliable coach capable of doing it.

  3. reupjosh - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Kurt, I know it’s early and you’re rushing to post the news that Howard already broke, but would it kill you to run it by a proof reader? I mean even the last sentence ends with an ‘S’ ?!?

  4. abchome - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    With a much regressed point guard, triangle could help the Nets.

  5. BigBeachBall - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    He just married the daughter of the Los Angelas Lakers…. can we connect the dots a little bit here and assume he’s not going to coach the Nets?

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Yes, you are 100 % right ! .Living in Malibu sure beats the heck out of Brooklyn Heights.

  6. omniusprime - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    The Nyets can take all the time they want, they’re not getting Phil Jackson as long as Deranged Deron Williams is there, you know the coach killer. Phil & Jeanie aren’t going to want to live in some garbage area like Brooklyn when they’re used to living in a Southern Cali beach town. Get a clue Kurt, if you lived in a Southern Cali beach town would you want to move to Brooklyn? No way Jose!

    Carlesimo is a good coach so the Nyets are smart to give him some time. So unlike the little idiot buss boy who just had to be in a rush to bring in Dumbtoni who is the second worst coach the Lakers ever had, right behind Clueless Clown Brown.

    If Daddy Buss is smart he’ll fire his little idiot boy and give Phil and Jeanie the Lakers as a wedding present. Jeanie could run the show while Phil coaches until he decides to become management.

    Phil, Just Say Nyet to the Nyets!!!

    • reupjosh - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Nyets? Dumbtoni? Clueless Clown Brown? No way Jose?

      How do you manage to take the time from your daily routine to come up with this Pulitzer Prize winning content?

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