P.J. Carlesimo out as Nets coach
The Brooklyn Nets will be another NBA team searching for a new head coach after announcing Sunday that they will be letting go of P.J. Carlesimo.
After the Nets fired former coach Avery Johnson in December, Carlesimo took over and guided the team to a record of 35-19, according to the Associated Press.
Carlesimo helped the Nets reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007, but failed to advance to the next round after losing to the Chicago Bulls 99-93 in Game 7 Saturday.
Though Deron Williams and Robin Lopez supported Carlesimo after losing Saturday night, it was not enough to persuade the franchise to keep the head coach, reports the New York Post.
Nets General manager Billy King said that the firing of Carlesimo has nothing to do with the early playoff exit and and that ”it was more of an evaluation of the whole season.”
The Nets, who were the busiest team last summer, spent $350 million to upgrade its roster in hopes of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.
Now they will be busy this summer looking for a head coach who will be able to help the team meet its expectations.