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.