P.J. Carlesimo receives one first-place vote, one second-place vote for Coach of the Year

P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo (AP)

Former Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo received one first-place vote and one second-place vote in the NBA’s annual vote for Coach of the Year, tying him for tenth place with Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro among all coaches. Denver Nuggets coach George Karl won in a landslide, earning 62 of the 121 first-place votes given by sportswriters and broadcasters. Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson on December 27th, going 35-19 in the regular season and 3-4 in the playoffs.

Less than 24 hours after the Nets lost Game 7 of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets released Carlesimo, officially opening their coaching search for the 2013-14 season.

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  1. Even though I don’t believe that PJ was the best fit for the Nets roster, I won’t deny his competence. He took on a team he wasn’t able to personally develop at the beginning and brought them to the playoffs. Talent alone won’t do that.

  2. What a shame that we have sports writers who are allowed to vote for this type of stuff who don’t actually watch the team, but just look at the record.

  3. It would be ironic if in the same year that Avery Johnson winning coach of the month and then getting fired, the Coach of the Year were to also get fired. George Karl had a very good team and yet has once again failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs. Management did not sign J McGee for $10 million a year to see him play 18 minutes a game in the playoffs. So I’m pretty sure there is some sharp disagreements between Karl and Management on many issues. This early exit to Golden State might be the last straw.