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P.J. Carlesimo talks being fired by Nets (VIDEO)

May 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

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P.J. Carlesimo was up front with Dan Patrick — if the Nets had beaten the Bulls in Game 7 it would not have changed his fate, just the timing. The Nets were going to let P.J. Carlesimo go at the end of this season either way. They want to go a new direction.

The Nets, under Avery Johnson then Carlesimo, were predictable. They lacked much variety in their offense and given time in the film room to pick them apart Thibodeau did. Since they are largely locked into this roster — it’s going to be difficult to make a good trade unless someone wants the Gerald Wallace or Joe Johnson contracts — switching coaching styles is key. They need to get more out of what they have.

Carlesimo talks about Game 7. He talks about their struggles to cover Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson.

  1. mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Playing style may help some, but there are two much larger factors that will be difficult to fix with the Nets: 1) They don’t play with a lot of heart. If they had half the drive the Bulls showed in that series, they probably sweep. 2) For the amount of payroll they have, they’re aren’t all that talented. I don’t see any coach overcoming those two problems.

  2. lakerade - May 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Agree with the “lack of heart” comment above. The right coach will be the one who can get DWill to buy in, but even then may be on his own to sway the rest of this ambivalent-mercenary assemblage of a team as DWill has not shown a desire to shoulder any of that responsibility, injury or no.

  3. money2long - May 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    a championship would have been the ONLY thing that would’ve saved him, and he wasn’t going to get that this season.

  4. logisticalvoices - May 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    PJ deserves better. Nobody was going to win for that

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