Carlesimo spoke in oddly finite terms, as if the deal were already done, and alleged that Kidd's experience with the game was a huge plus -- but he needs more to be a successful coach. (He also threw a little self-deprecation in there, calling himself one of the worst coaches in the history of basketball.)
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Former Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo thinks Mikhail Prokhorov's goal of winning a championship in the next two years isn't realistic with the team's current roster.
"That's a heavy load for anybody, not just for Brooklyn," Carlesimo said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I don't know if that's realistic the way the roster is right now. I would not say that team could not win a championship. We thought we could this year if things broke a little better for us. But if you have that on your plate, that you need to win a championship in two years, I think it makes it a little challenging."
Carlesimo added that the Nets aren't one of the favorites -- duh -- but did lop praise on Brooklyn, saying they're a 50-win team that "could do well, particularly in the Eastern Conference."
After firing Avery Johnson, the Nets went 35-19 under Carlesimo in the regular season before losing in seven games to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Carlesimo was let go the next day.
This statement isn't particularly new or controversial. If doing well means "they have the potential to get as far as playing Miami before getting swept," I'd agree. The Nets locked into a good-not-great core last year. We knew they weren't a championship team from the outset, not as long as the Heat were still in the East and the Thunder in the West (though they did beat OKC emphatically earlier this season).
A better coach and better system could help them improve, but there's still a ceiling there. Despite their publicized goal, the point of "win now" isn't to win a championship immediately (although that would be great), it was to erase the stench of New Jersey's losses from the franchise. That won't happen overnight, but winning -- even if it's just games, not championships -- helps.
ESPN New York -- P.J. on Avery's firing, Part I
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.
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.
After 54 regular season games and one seven-game playoff series, the Brooklyn Nets will not bring back interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. After a 35-19 regular season record and a few bounces short of the second round, did he get the short end of the stick? Max Weisberg and Justin DeFeo debate.
Max: Here's how I see P.J.'s impact this season: P.J. Carlesimo took square peg and tried to force it into a round hole. It just doesn't work. I often imagine him trying so hard to pound it into the hole, that eventually it just breaks and goes in.
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Putting the pieces together from around the web today on the Brooklyn Nets coaching search:
- Billy King: "It was a difficult decision, and we talked about it, but looking at the long-term and the future of this organization, I felt it was best to look elsewhere to try and find the right fit. I thanked him, he did a hell of a job for us in a difficult situation, but by doing it now, there's a lot of jobs open -- hopefully it gives P.J. a chance and gives us a chance with a lot of candidates out there to explore and that's what we'll do in the next couple weeks."
- King added that Phil Jackson will get a call. The only person King would rule out? His former coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, joking that he didn't want to anger his alumni base.
- Jeff Van Gundy to Barbara Baker on the Nets opening: "My comment is I have no comment. Good to see you, though."
- David Aldridge: Larry Brown, the Van Gundy brothers, and Phil Jackson -- but Phil doesn't want a coaching role.
- Deron Williams would "love" to play for Jerry Sloan again.
- More Deron Williams: he'd like a "creative offensive coach."
- The Nets have not reached out to Brian Shaw, thanks to an unwritten NBA rule: you don't ask during the playoffs. Shaw is one of my favorite candidates for the job.
- Shaw has no head coaching experience at the NBA level, which could be an issue for Williams and Reggie Evans, who both say the team needs an experienced head coach, but not for Billy King, who cited Eric Spoelstra and Tom Thibodeau as examples of first-time coaches who found success.
Here is the official statement about PJ Carlesimo:
"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. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come."
After a few opening moments of jocularity about the Knicks/Nets rivalry, things took a turn for the serious when Roberts thanked Carlesimo for last night's Nets/Wizards game given current events. "It was a great distraction," said Roberts. "Obviously the real world stinks right now with everything going on in Boston."
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After resting starters Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, and Brook Lopez, along with bench players Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse, with various hilarious ailments that I wish anagrammed to "We're resting our guys for the playoffs you idiots," I asked Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo in the post-game press conference if he'd run a similar rotation -- or lack thereof -- Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons in the season finale.... MORE →
Despite Blatche's solid play against his former squad, Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo was concerned about stretching Blatche out that much, citing his conditioning as an issue.
"Dray was the only (player) I felt bad about (playing so many minutes), and frankly, he needs conditioning," Carlesimo said. "So I thought it was okay. He needs some conditioning. ... We kept saying, we could've put MarShon back in and played Toko at 4 and played small. It wouldn't have bothered me to do that.
"But we just thought Dray was going good, and the conditioning was good for him."
Blatche finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 9-21 from the field. Though he made some big plays down the stretch -- including scoring through contact to put the Nets up for good with under a minute left -- he admitted that playing so many minutes wasn't something he was accustomed to.
"I mean it's surprising when you play 37 minutes, compared to playing 12," Blatche said after the game, before stammering a bit: "It caught me off -- I mean, it wouldn't catch me off -- it did, it did catch me off guard.
"When you play 12 minutes, then you go out there for 37... it caught me a little bit."
Blatche, who was exiled from Washington via the amnesty clause after numerous brush-ups with the law and the franchise, again reiterated that the win matters just a little more than others.
"(Winning) meant a lot for me," Blatche said to laughter from the media.
"Gerald's gotta play," Carlesimo stressed.
Following Sunday's loss to the Toronto Raptors, the Brooklyn Nets locked themselves into the fourth seed of the playoffs, and Carlesimo made it clear that he was going to "get guys some rest."
He did just that, sitting two bench players and four starters, but surprisingly left forward Gerald Wallace, who'd sat with injuries Sunday, in the starting lineup. Playing with the bench, Wallace shot 1-3 in 22 minutes, missing all three of his free throws. Carlesimo was happy with the performance.
"I thought he looked good. He's upset with Timmy and I that he didn't play more. But the whole point was to get him out and get a little cardio work and make sure that his foot was all right. Hopefully if he comes out of it well tomorrow, we can play him some more minutes on Wednesday. I think it's exactly what Timmy wanted, and we were pleased."
Wallace expressed last week that his confidence was "totally gone," and that he was afraid to shoot for fear that his missed shots would cause him to lose playing time. Carlesimo addressed that directly.
"I don't count how many times he shoots," Carlesimo added. "I feel he's gonna come out of it. He's shot it too well, he's scored too much throughout his career, that he'll be fine. I just think that the combination of the injuries and the way he's been struggling. But he's gonna play. He's gonna play minutes, for sure."
In 25 games since the All-Star break, Wallace has shot just 33% from the field on 6.4 field goal attempts per game, a punitive 13.7% from three-point range, and 60.8% from the line -- all well below his career averages. He's shot over 50% in a game just once since February 8th and played 31 minutes against the Charlotte Bobcats on April 6th without registering a field goal.