It should be clear to everybody that P.J. Carlesimo has done a fantastic job with the Brooklyn Nets this season. After taking over the team in late December, P.J. has gone 27-15 and taken the Nets from a .500 team under Avery Johnson to the team with the fourth best record in the eastern conference.
Despite this, he is still the interim head coach and the Nets have given no indications that they are leaning towards keeping Carlesimo beyond this season. This week, two minor rumors have come up about possible replacements for P.J. First, Kentucky coach John Calipari was mentioned, followed by some talks about current ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy.
The John Calipari rumors are especially stupid in my opinion. Why would Calipari leave Kentucky to return to the NBA? He has everything he needs to be successful there. Although his team had a very disappointing season and lost in the first round of the NIT to an unknown Robert Morris school, he is still probably the best recruiter in the country, and he would waste that talent if he went to the NBA. Kentucky is sure to return to national championship contending form next year when a new batch of super freshmen arrive.
The Jeff Van Gundy rumor is also unlikely. Van Gundy was interviewed recently about the Brooklyn Nets and he gave some interesting thoughts, but did not say that he intended on becoming their coach next year. He thinks that Brooklyn overachieved this season, but is still a couple of pieces away from becoming a championship contender, which is true.
If the Nets do decide to part ways with P.J. Carlesimo after this season, expect Van Gundy to be on their radar, but at this point, it is unnecessary and disrespectful to Carlesimo and this year’s Nets team to discuss possible head coaching replacements.