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March 18, 2013 Updates

Did he and Sprewell patch things up? No, not really. (If they ever spoke about the incident) Not really. You know, "Hello", before a game, after a game, something like that. But first time we were together again was my first game I did for NBC when I was doing broadcasting with another Fordham buddy of your(s), Mike Breen. The first game we did, Christmas Day (2001). It was Madison Square Garden and Spre came over, I think, to do a post-game radio (interview) with Clyde or something like that, but that was the first time we had been face to face since the…since the hearing. Again, it was, you know, hello, somewhat... It was cordial. (If Sprewell ever apologized) Not a problem. No. (Did he expect him to?) No, no. (If Carlesimo wants him to apologize) No. No, not needed. No, it’s over. I mean, it’s over. It was a long time ago, and (you) move on. NetsDaily

PJ Carlesimo on coaching the actor Denzel Washington on Fordham’s junior varsity basketball team: (Washington) played at Mount Vernon High School (north of New York City). (He) Came to us as a walk-on, went to the downtown campus, the Lincoln Center campus (Fordham University’s campus in midtown Manhattan), came up and tried out for the team and was a pretty good player. But, this kid…from Mount Vernon stuck it out for two years. (He) didn’t start for us. We were 18-0 the one year. He was already doing productions in New York and at Fordham. On his current relationship with Washington: Oh, he’s great. He’s been unbelievable. He’s been really good to Fordham. We both spend a lot of time with the Boys and Girls Club as one of our charities. When we go to L.A. is usually where I see him, the Laker games, he’s sitting right up front. NetsDaily

March 17, 2013 Updates

Did Carlesimo receive Coach Avery Johnson’s blessing to take over as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012? PJ Carlesimo: When Billy King (Nets General Manager) called me, he said, "You know, we made a change this morning," which I didn’t even know about at the time. And he said, "We want you to take over the team on an interim basis," and I said, "Bill," I said, "I gotta talk to Avery." I said, "I’ll talk to Avery, and, I’ll get back to you." I went in, and I talked to Avery, and obviously he was still extremely disappointed, if not upset. And he said, "Hey, you know, that’s the way it is in this league. You gotta do what you gotta do." So the decision was really, you know, stay as assistant coach and let somebody else take the job, or try and make the best of the situation. And, (I) decided to go that route (and take the job). But it really, it still doesn’t sit, you know, as nicely as you would like it to be. Because the circumstances were never the way you wanna get a job. NetsDaily

March 12, 2013 Updates

At least that's how P.J. Carlesimo feels about Mikhail Prokhorov, who's on the hook for a roughly $12.8-million luxury tax bill this season. And the Nets' tax number is expected to jump significantly in 2013-14. "You couldn't overstate it," the Nets' interim coach said Monday. "It's one of the best things an owner can do. "I think giving a coach a long-term contract is more important," he joked, "but other than that . . . I think you've got an owner who's willing to spend money and not pay lip service. All the owners go, 'We want to win a championship.' When you've got somebody that is committed to winning and expends funds to do it, give [GM Billy King and [assistant GM] Bobby Marks and these guys the resources, it's fantastic." Newsday

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

February 9, 2013 Updates
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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

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