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Another report P.J. Carlesimo stays Nets coach for season

Jan 11, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Nets coach Carlesimo shouts to the bench while playing against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Reuters

While there was a buzz around the name Phil Jackson — and not just because he finally got engaged — it was pretty clear early on that P.J. Carlesimo could ride out the season as the Nets coach after ownership sent Avery Johnson packing.

That became even more likely when Carlesimo got the Nets winning — he is 6-1 as coach.

Now comes confirmation that nothing is going to change for the rest of the season from Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.ocm.


Smart move by the Nets. Another coaching change mid-season isn’t going to help the team. And even if you can get Phil Jackson — which I doubt — bringing him in with a new, complex offense and style of play nearly halfway through the season is just going to be a mess.

So Carlesimo gets the stay in the big chair for a while.

But let’s look at this hot streak — the Nets have beaten the Bobcats, Cavaliers, Wizards, Kings and 76ers during the streak. They have gotten healthy on the worst in the NBA, with the Suns and Raptors making up two of the next three games. To be fair, there is a win over the Thunder in there, too. (The loss was to the Spurs.) The Nets seem to be having more fun on the court, credit Carlesimo with that. But they haven’t exactly gotten healthy against the best of the NBA.

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I like how you just slip in that one of the wins was against the best team in the league.

  2. dalucks - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Reading between the line, no one credible wants this job right now.
    Maybe next season. However, the roster is not attractive.

  3. dukepatrol - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    It’s so funny to me that people criticize a team for beating up on the bad teams.That’s what you’re freakin supposed to do!! You beat the bad teams and play 500 against the good teams and bam! You’re in the playoffs. These writers and pundits just look for anything to criticize and gravitate to.

    • badintent - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      you’re 100 % right !. The Hawks have made a great living beating up the worst teams for years. Look at J Smooth’s numbers against the top forwards. LBJ, Boozer, even Garnett, he gets shut down. But he has monster numbers with the bottom feeders.
      I like the Nets to get a big time shot blocker , like an Ibaka type player that can give them 35-40 minutes a night to help their D.PJ has a good plan , let him run with it It can’t better any worst than the Mike D in lala land

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