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P.J. Carlesimo out as Nets head coach

May 5, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

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The Nets wasted no time in addressing the interim status of P.J. Carlesimo.

Less than 24 hours after being eliminated in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn announced that Carlesimo will not be retained for next season, and that they will begin the search for a new head coach.

“The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team’s success both on and off the court,” Nets GM Billy Hunter said in a statement. “We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come.”

Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson after Brooklyn got out to a 14-14 start to the season. The Nets went 35-19 to finish the regular season, but the loss to an undermanned Bulls team in the playoffs was disappointing, and likely had more than a little to do with the team and Carlesimo parting ways.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Jeff Van Gundy is a top target of the Nets for the now vacant head coaching spot.

  1. raiderinvader - May 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Is it because they “”choked”” in the the playoffs

  2. logisticalvoices - May 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Latrell Sprewell thinks that PJ choked.

  3. cj1403 - May 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    No coach can win with that team. You can’t just sing/acquire random, talented players and expect to win, no matter how high the payroll is. More evidence that you can’t buy a team.

  4. kanemoney - May 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    They are cemented into a lot of bad contracts. Humphries and Wallace being the worst. I can’t imagine who would trade for them.

    Not sure what the GM can do here.

    • biasedhomer - May 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      There is nothing the GM can do, in fact, King himself is at fault. He signed Wallace (also traded away a 1st round pick that became the ROY), he signed Humphries, he traded for Johnson.
      There is something the owner can do, fire the GM.

    • herkulease - May 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Humphries contract is hardly the worst.

      Joe Johnson wins it hands down.

      Humphries the past two season averages double double. They give him a two year deal then for some reason he gets sent to the bench to rot and then wonder why his numbers are down. While he’s owed 12 million next year he is an expiring contract.

      Joe Johnson on the other hand is owed some 70 million for the next 3 season. Scoring is down, shot % is down. Minutes stayed relatively the same. He was utterly horrible in the playoffs.

      • doclolly - May 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Billy King is channeling his inner Scott Layden & Isiah thomas by putting the Nets in the same position as the Knicks in the 00′s. It might get really ugly fast.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Billy King has been worse than Layden and Isiah ever since he became a GM, which is longer than both of those were GM of the Knicks COMBINED.

      • Kevin S. - May 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Drunk as usual, I see. Eddy Curry. Starbury. The Stabury/Franchise backcourt. The Currry/Randolph frontcourt. Anuncha Brown Sanders. Truck party. The Larry Brown fiasco. James Dolan, always. I could go on and on about the on court and off court hijinks of the lost decade for the Knicks, but that small sampling should convince anybody with half a brain that locking into four years of being a mid-tier playoff team in the East, while nothing special and spectacularly expensive, isn’t remotely close to the damage from the Layden/Isiah years.

      • anthonyverna - May 5, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        I’m pretty sure that Billy King is channeling his inner Billy King. Can someone tell me what skills he has shown in building a team in the NBA?

    • sportsnut101 - May 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Wallace is worst cuz 3 mores yrs left
      Kris only has 1 yr left. That can be traded. If need be

    • fanofevilempire - May 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      are you serious, Kwame Brown is in the nba.
      Eddie Curry was in the nba.
      I never thought the Jets would trade for Tebow, and they did.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I think you can rule out Jerry Sloan, hey Derron

  6. edwardemanuelson - May 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    And the thin skinned, spoiled, over paid and overrated diva players win again! PJ is a good coach. Avery is a good coach. 2 coaches out on this team in one season. 2 pretty good and fairly respected coaches, at that.

    But they’re the problem, right?

    • antelope850 - May 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      The players like him and want him back. The owner wants Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy. Have a clue before you make a comment.

  7. misterdreamer119 - May 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I hope jeff van gundy stays on tv and doesnt go back to the sidelines.

    • erckle31 - May 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Seriously…I really miss Mark Jackson too.

      • fanofevilempire - May 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        mama there goes that man………..

  8. nycalldayz - May 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Blame the coach when a team loaded with talent can’t close the deal? The Nets were not mentally or physically tough enough to close a depleted Bulls team. The Nets fully healthy couldn’t beat a depleted Bulls team, that was missing Kurk, Deng and Rose. No excuse.

  9. doclolly - May 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    If I’m P.J. Carlesimo i would be happy this team isn’t gonna get better anytime soon thanks to the fine job of Billy King who saddled with the roster with terrible untradeable contracts for years to come.

    Plus D-Will would probably have run him out of town next year anyway

  10. thomaskouns - May 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    One of the most poorly constructed teams in NBA History:
    - Joe Johnson at 60 mil over the next three and with age he will only get worse
    - Deron Williams being paid and billed as a superstar who didn’t even make the All-Star Team and never takes any responsibility
    - Gerald Wallace is another horrible contract who like Johnson and Williams had career low numbers

    Billy King deserves a lot of blame but Prokhorov deserves most of the blame for being not being patient and building through the draft in addition to free agency as opposed to trading all their picks for over-rated talent.

    This team will only get worse as their contracts are untradeable and all their ‘star’ players with the exception of Lopez are on a steep decline.

    • antelope850 - May 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      There are plenty of poorly constructed teams in NBA history, but the 2012-13 Nets are not one of them. This team won’t win a title unless Joe Johnson has a renaissance, but it’s a playoff team, a solid team, and a team that has a chance to be #2 in the East for the next 3 or 4 years. From where they were when Prokhorov bought the team to now, night and day. People hate without having a clue.

      • Kurt Helin - May 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        #2 in the East? Over a young Pacers team?

      • Kevin S. - May 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        He said a chance. And are you convinced the Pacers are keeping the entire crew together? I’m not.

      • thomaskouns - May 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Beg to disagree Antelope. The Nets are old and their record will only get worse with each passing year as Johnson & Wallace are virtually untradeable and Williams will never fetch anywhere near the value his 80 plus mil over the next 4 years his contract implies. Plus, they’ve traded away most of their future picks to get those guys.

        The Nest are the East Coast version of the Lakers (big names with old legs) but at least the Lakers got a few championships out of most of those legs. The Nets on the other time bought high and are now stuck with an older, overpriced and rapidly declining core that can’t get rid of.

        Had Prokerov kept his picks over the last three years they would have had Favors still plus two other lottery picks. I’d take Lillard as a rookie over Williams in a heartbeat. Plus they would have had a ton of money to buy free agents every off-season.

  11. 3pointlegend - May 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Why would Jeff van Grundy take this job ? To inherit Joe Johnson, a 7ft center that is tissue soft, a bunch of role players no team wants..

    • antelope850 - May 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      To say that Brook Lopez is tissue soft is to show that you either know nothing about hoops or haven’t watched a Nets game this year. He had a tremendous season. And was anything but soft. One of the top shot blockers in the league this year. The Nets have some holes certainly, but Brook Lopez is not one of them. Get a clue before you comment.

    • fm31970 - May 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      I can think of a few million reasons which start with —-> $

      Not the best roster, but a better starting point than Charlotte. And don’t forget, Kris Humphries is “expiring contract” trade bait now.

    • mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Van Gundy is at least a semi-realistic option if they throw enough money his way. It’s the Phil Jackson talk that is just comical. Yes, Phil apparently wants to run a team, but with all their bad contracts, there’s nothing to really run with the Nets for the next 2-3 years. And by that time, Phil would already have been labeled a failure as a GM because he hadn’t miraculously fixed everything.

  12. drewzducks - May 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Who wouldn’t expect such unprofessional behavior and chaos when Tone Loc owns your team.

  13. mcarey032 - May 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I was disappointed when the lakers didn’t land Derron Williams and now to think if he were teamed up with Howard, the lakers would have been a tmz/deadspin dream to cover. Derron Williams is the ultimate front runner. When things get tough he blames coaches and teammates. Eventually that game catches up to you and people figure out that it is Williams as the source of the teams failures and he will end up nothing more than a role player somewhere.

  14. eflem80 - May 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Remember when everyone called the Nets the best team in New York…..lol.

    • antelope850 - May 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      They still are. The Knicks? Please.

  15. cranespy - May 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    PJ did an exemplary job with a less than desirable roster. He deserves a serious shot somewhere else.As for the Nets….D Will appears to be a huge part of the problem. Hmmm that sounds familiar!

  16. bmoresabres - May 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Joe Johnson is so over rated and soft. It boggles the mind that some consider JJ a top/clutch player. The Hawks found out long ago he is prone to disappearing. How did he finagle another big contract is beyond belief.

    • Kevin S. - May 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Actually, Johnson came up much bigger in clutch situations this year even while he underwhelmed on the whole.

  17. cfos00 - May 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Derron Williams coach-killing efficiency rate is incredible. Hollinger would be impressed.

  18. mazblast - May 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I’ve never been a fan of Carlesimo, but in this case I thought he did a fine job with something that’s less a team and more a collection of good but mismatched pieces.

    Good luck to him. I think he’s boosted his stock a good amount with what he did this year. And “good luck” to whoever the Nets hire, because he’s going to need it.

  19. 13arod - May 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    this coach isn’t good glad he won’t be back next year

  20. soopreme - May 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    This firing opens up some interesting possibilities!
    I wonder if Phil Jackson and Dwight Howard are coming?

    • fanofevilempire - May 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      to what, a barbeque?

    • melkipershero - May 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Phil has said he wants to be in a president of bball operations type role, not coaching. The Nets don’t have cap space.

  21. melkipershero - May 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I’d fire the GM. You could see this coming if you understand basketball. Trading for Gerald Wallace with a top 3 protected pick? Giving Kris Kardashian 2 years for 24 million? Trading for Joe “Yes I make 20 million” Johson? All STUPID movies.

  22. tomtravis76 - May 6, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Could there be a Lakers and Brooklyn monster trade in the pipeline?

    Its going to be a bad year in LA next season, why not pick up some expiring contracts, get draft picks and maybe a Lopez.

    One thing about the NBA is that a bad contract seems to never really be an issue to move. The Wizards GM seems to know how to write terrible contracts for awful players but he always knows how to move those contracts also.

    • Kevin S. - May 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      In exchange for what? Nets can’t accept Dwight Howard in a sign-and-trade, what else would they possibly consider giving up Lopez for on the Lakers’ roster?

      • tomtravis76 - May 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        That’s obviously the direction of the question, so why couldn’t they take back Howard?

        I think Gasol would be a good fit in the Brooklyn, NY market with there being a huge European population.

      • Kevin S. - May 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Because teams over the tax apron (which the Nets will be) cannot accept signed-and-traded players starting this offseason. I do think Pau Gasol could work in Brooklyn, but the Nets aren’t giving up Brook Lopez for him, and they could only get him otherwise if the Lakers decided to sell him for twenty-five cents on the dollar and accepted Teletovic, Humphries and two picks without checking in with the twenty-eight other GMs.

    • mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Hard to imagine any deal where Lopez left that wouldn’t end up looking like the Nets got robbed.

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