The Brooklyn Nets said P.J. Carlesimo won’t return as coach next season, a day after the team was eliminated from the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Carlesimo had a 35-19 record and guided Brooklyn to the postseason for the first time since 2007. He was named interim coach on Dec. 27 when Avery Johnson was fired following 10 defeats in 13 games. The search for a new coach will begin immediately, the Nets said in an e-mailed news release today.
The Chicago Bulls last night beat the Nets in a decisive seventh game to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
“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,” Nets General Manager Billy King said in the release.
Carlesimo was coach of the SuperSonics for their last season in Seattle and first year in Oklahoma City, as the Thunder. He also spent three seasons at both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors, and has a 239-315 record in the regular season and a 6-13 mark in the playoffs.
Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Nets 99-93 yesterday. Chicago will travel to Miami to meet the Heat tomorrow in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“It’s disappointing,” the Nets’ Deron Williams said. “We felt like this was our series, but they came out and played a great game.”
The Nets moved this season to the $1 billion Barclays Center in Brooklyn from Newark, New Jersey.
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