According to multiple sources, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King announced Sunday morning that P.J. Carlesimo will not return as the Nets’ head coach next season. This announcement comes not much more than 12 hours after the Nets lost game 7 last night at home against the Chicago Bulls. King has reportedly said that the first round playoff loss did not effect his decision to let Carlesimo go.
Carlesimo took over as head coach of the Nets in late December after the firing of Avery Johnson mid-year. He had a very good record of 35-19 during the regular season as head coach, especially after the .500 start the team experienced. However, Nets ownership and management never removed his interim tag, so many anticipated this firing.
In addition, many fans were not happy with Carlesimo’s rotations, mainly starting Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace together, and not playing Marshon Brooks or Kris Humphries. Although this fan input is not the main reason for the firing, King may have disagreed with some of P.J.’s decisions on the court.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Jeff Van Gundy, who works for ESPN as a commentator, is one of the leading candidates to replace Carlesimo.
We will have much more on this story in the coming hours.