The Brooklyn Nets failed to advance out of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, and it now seems the front office will make some major offseason adjustments, starting with the departure of interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
According to Rod Boone of Newsday, general manager Billy King informed the coach that he would not return for the 2013-14 season on Sunday afternoon.
After going 35-19 upon inheriting the team from the fired Avery Johnson midway through the 2012-13 campaign, Carlesimo wasn’t able to get it done when it counted most.
The Nets wound up with the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, securing home-court advantage against the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
While the series went the distance and Brooklyn mounted a comeback after going down 3-1 in the series, Carlesimo's squad just wasn’t able to get the job done. The Nets faltered 99-93 at the Barclays Center in Saturday night’s pivotal Game 7.
Despite these shortcomings, it seemed Carlesimo retained the support of his players.
With everything that went on this season, we had a lot of turmoil and he kind of inherited us. And I think he did a great job of leading us and getting us that fourth seed. I'd love to see him back, but as you know, that's not up to me.
Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez also had praise for their interim coach, but the Nets are likely looking at bringing in a proven coach who has managed to win at least one postseason series during his career.
When Boone inquired if Phil Jackson—the 11-time NBA Finals-winning coach—was on Brooklyn’s radar, King confirmed that Jackson was but said he hadn’t gauged the Zen Master’s interest.
King refused to give a time frame on how long it would take to find a replacement, but the organization has plenty of time to search for the right candidate after being eliminated early on in the playoffs.
It could take some time for King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov to find a suitable head coach who can manage the numerous stars on the Nets roster and get them to play up to their abilities.
Carlesimo just wasn't the right man for the long-term future of this franchise, despite doing an admirable job upon taking over 28 games into the up-and-down 2012-13 campaign.