HoopsHype PJ Carlesimo rumors

March 12, 2013 Updates

With the exception of Humphries – who is being paid $12 million and is out of the rotation – all of those players are signed through at least the 2015-16 season. “In this business if you’re going to keep your own free agents, it is a huge luxury,” Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. “When you look at a team like Oklahoma City, they had to trade James Harden because of that situation. “The important thing is if you’re going to pay a luxury tax you’re going to have to have a good team. That’s the most important thing. And Brooklyn has a very good team. They’re a much-improved defensive team over what they were last year. And they have a chance if they have everybody healthy to make nice run in the playoffs.” New York Daily News

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For the third time in four games Sunday, Lopez was a non-entity in the fourth quarter (he did play seven seconds in one of those games, but that doesn’t count). And interim coach P.J. Carlesimo acknowledges the move, based on the flow of the game and usually by the play of Andray Blatche is something he must actively seek to avoid. “It's probably something that I don't want to do in the future,” Carlesimo said. “I created the situation and it’s not a good situation. So yes, I worry about it that I need to address it and I worry about it that I need to watch what I do going forward.” New York Post

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Does Carlesimo pass the "star" test for Prokhorov? Is he a brand name like Jackson or Larry Brown? Probably not. But he has won the locker room. "He's always trying to build us up," guard Joe Johnson said. "He's always telling guys to get their heads up. But he shouldn't have to say that. We as players, we should never be in a situation where we're moping around with our heads down. But he can't get out there and play for us." And if Johnson had a vote? "I would love to have him back," Johnson said. "I don't have a problem with P.J. I think P.J. does a great job in dealing with us as players." NBA.com

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The Nets power forward, coming off consecutive seasons averaging at least 10 points and 10 rebounds, is on a short leash under PJ Carlesimo, who said Friday that a glut of frontcourt players – albeit a very flawed collection -- has created a “logjam.” Of course, there's one surefire way to get rid of a logjam: roster moves “It’s not a good situation,” Carlesimo said of his power forwards. “You can’t play through mistakes.” New York Daily News

January 31, 2013 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy is finally willing to lobby for the Brooklyn Nets coaching job, though not on his own behalf. The former coach and current analyst for ESPN/ABC who is known to be on the Nets' short-list of potential candidates to replace Avery Johnson believes that interim coach P.J. Carlesimo should hold onto the job beyond this season. "(Carlesimo) has earned that opportunity to come back and be the coach for a long, long time," Van Gundy told USA TODAY Sports. "I like the way the team is playing. They play hard. It seems like (Deron) Williams and Joe Johnson are playing with a little more energy, Brook Lopez has been terrific. I think PJ has done a wonderful job." USA Today Sports

January 30, 2013 Updates

Then James took his turn at the Heat's morning shootaround, saying the Nets quit on Avery Johnson. “They are not doing anything different. They are playing with more passion, more together, they are playing like they want to play for their coach,” James said. “It sucks that Avery had to take the hit of them not wanting to play at a high level, but that's what it looks like to me. They haven't changed their offense, they haven't changed their defense. They've picked it up in intensity level and you can tell they like to play for PJ.” New York Daily News

Speaking of friends, several in the coaching community have counseled Carlesimo to be a softer, friendlier coach than he has been in the past, believing it would serve him well coming in after Avery's similarly hard-ass style. PJ has long been known as one of the most gregarious and personable guys off the court and outside of practice or games but an absolute tyrant, particularly behind closed gym doors. Those same friends have been encouraged by seeing Carlesimo sitting down and talking casually with various players from Andray Blatche to Deron Williams. Can an old dog, you know...? Sulia

January 29, 2013 Updates

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