The New York Daily News reports that former Brooklyn Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo has been hired by ESPN to work as a studio analyst for the 2013 playoffs and fill the void that was left when Flip Saunders was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves to become their President of Basketball Operations.
“The conversations have been let’s do the playoffs,” Carlesimo said. “Then we’ll sit down and talk about the future.”
“I’ve got to look at both options. But the likelihood is that I’ll be broadcasting next year,” Carlesimo. “I’m looking at broadcasting as what I’m going to do moving forward.”
Carlesimo’s experience with broadcasting includes stints with NBC Sports, Spurs television, FOX Sports West, and ESPN Radio.
Similar to Avery Johnson after he was let go by the Mavericks in 2008, it is likely that Carlesimo hopes the ESPN gig will keep his name afloat in the event that any coaching positions become available in the future.
“I have enjoyed television and radio way more than I thought when I first started,” Carlesimo said. “But if I told you it is the same as coaching I would be lying.”
Carlesimo was released by the Nets following the team’s Game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls on May 5th.