HoopsHype PJ Carlesimo rumors

January 26, 2013 Updates

He scored all 20 of his points in the first half, going 10-for-15 from the field to go along with seven rebounds and a blocked shot, spearheading a Grizzlies offensive attack that helped them race out to a 67-44 halftime lead. “We’re very disappointed,” Carlesimo said. “We think we’re a better team than we showed in the first half. “We didn’t match their physicality or aggressiveness on defense, especially their aggressiveness on the boards in the first half. That was the game.” New York Post

January 21, 2013 Updates

Carlesimo knows that the only way he can whack the name Sprewell from the first sentence of his biography is to do something that overshadows it. And what could be bigger than somehow holding on to this job and being the first coach to bring a professional title to Brooklyn since Walter Alston's Dodgers beat the Yankees in 1955? "It really comes down to results. People's perceptions are still colored to a lot of degree by your success," Carlesimo said. "Bill Parcells was demanding but he got results, so he's a great communicator." Newsday

This is not something that Carlesimo would ever do. Because if there is one thing that he learned from those 15 seconds on Dec. 1, 1997 -- when Sprewell, then his star player with the Golden State Warriors, responded to criticism of his passing skills ("Put a little mustard on those passes!'') by dragging Carlesimo to the practice floor and wrapping his hands around his neck -- it is this: "There are things in life you have no control over," Carlesimo said. "The way it evolved, the way it spun so big and so out of control, you just had to ride it out. It is what it is." Newsday

January 20, 2013 Updates

Then there's that thing of having more baskets for the players to shoot at, which Carlesimo prefers. At the arena, they'd just use the main court most of the time because their practice court inside the arena is small and has only two hoops. Over on the Jersey side of the Hudson, they have more room to stretch their legs at their facility. "They had a lot of input into it and guys are going to be divided," Carlesimo said. "I'm sure a couple of the New York guys would rather be in Brooklyn. You can make a case for that too . . . But I like coming here because I like the setting better for getting things done. "You also don't have the other team on your back. If the other team is coming in, you have to be off at a certain time. In here, we do whatever we want. So it's just an easier setup for us." Newsday

January 15, 2013 Updates

Jim Buss is going to fire Mike D'Antoni only if the Lakers experience a locker room mutiny, which is practically unimaginable. In that case, the lone alternative would be to replace D'Antoni with Phil Jackson, and Buss has made it clear that he doesn't want to go in that direction. The Kings have nothing to gain by firing Keith Smart as long as the franchise appears to be headed for Seattle next season. Why would the Maloofs pay extra money to a new coach if the team is about to become the responsibility of potential owner Chris Hansen in a short time? P.J. Carlesimo (Nets) and Jim Boylan (Bucks) are a couple of interim coaches who appear to be safe for the rest of the year. The Bucks have performed better than expected this season, while the Nets have turned hot (see below) since Carlesimo replaced Johnson. SI.com

January 14, 2013 Updates

P.J. Carlesimo is wearing the “interim” tag well, making the most out of an unexpected opportunity since taking over for Avery Johnson. As candidates like Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy take their names out of the running for the Brooklyn job — and as the Nets keep winning — Carlesimo is earning the confidence from key players. “I don’t know how much it matters (getting the interim tag removed) to P.J., but I don’t look at him as an interim,” Joe Johnson told the Daily News. “He’s our guy right now. I have 100% faith in him. I don’t look at him as, ‘He’s just going to be here for a little while.’ I’m figuring he’s the coach.” New York Daily News

January 13, 2013 Updates

By all accounts, Carlesimo has learned, evolved into more of an NBA coach 15 years after the Sprewell choking incident. Still, it's not easy to shake the past or a personality, especially as the only current NBA coach who made his bones in college. Even in his dealings with the media, there are signs that Carlesimo still has a college coach's mentality — like when he painstakingly mentions the contributions of every last player in postgame interviews, right down to the 12th man’s minutes in garbage time. Guys like Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun, Dean Smith and Bobby Knight never made the jump to the NBA. Rick Pitino and John Calipari failed when they tried. New York Daily News

January 11, 2013 Updates

While the Nets will likely elect to pursue big names such as top targets Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy in the offseason, one league source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPNNewYork.com that team management has been impressed with the connection Carlesimo has made with his players, and the coach will “almost certainly” make it to the end of the season. The source said the Nets believe Carlesimo has reduced the pressure on some players by allowing them to play through mistakes, something Johnson was far less willing to do. “P.J.’s done a very good job, and this team has already been through a lot of change,” the source said. “It’s like switching offensive coordinators all the time on a quarterback. There’s only so many times you can do it.” ESPN.com

“He’s been great for us so far, and I think all the guys responded well to him. I think all the guys like him. He’s done a great job coaching us,’’ said Williams, who is averaging 20 points per game and 8.8 assists during the Nets’ four-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against the Suns at Barclays Center. “We lost a head coach, but then we gained another one. He’s coached a lot of teams in this league as a head coach. Like I said, he’s doing a great job.’’ New York Post

January 10, 2013 Updates

Mike Mazzeo: P.J. "almost certain" to remain #Nets coach for the rest of the season, source says. Players like how he lets them play thru mistakes. Twitter @MazzESPN

January 4, 2013 Updates

Based on a combination of public gestures, private conversations and the signals being picked up in coaching circles, a rough framework of the Nets’ plan has emerged: They will woo Jackson whenever he is ready to be wooed, whether now or this summer. They will happily stick with Carlesimo as the interim coach for the duration of the season, and perhaps even beyond, depending on the results. New York Times

No other candidates are in serious play, although that could change in a few months, depending on the Nets’ performance and Jackson’s ultimate position. New York Times

So far, it appears there has been no official contact between the team and Jackson, a Hall of Fame coach. Although some involved parties said that the owner Mikhail D. Prokhorov would seek a meeting with Jackson sometime after New Year’s Day, that has not yet happened, and Prokhorov remains overseas. Nor have the Nets made serious overtures to any other candidates. The obvious conclusion: Nets officials are in no rush to name a long-term replacement. And the longer they wait, the more likely it is that Carlesimo keeps the job through the season. That might be the most logical approach in any case. New York Times

January 3, 2013 Updates

Obviously nobody, not even Carlesimo, is pretending he’s the favorite for the position. Prokhorov avoided the subject on Friday by acting as if he didn’t know who Jackson was, and even Carlesimo had some fun with the talk on Saturday. When asked if he’d give the Nets permission to speak with Jeff Van Gundy, Carlesimo gave a quick “no.” “I told Mikhail in no uncertain terms I don’t want him talking to anybody,” Carlesimo continued. “Especially Jeff. That’s a personal thing. It’s not a comment on his coaching abilities, it’s a personal dislike.” HoopsWorld

The Nets made sure to credit the coach for his work in Tuesday's practice, which was Carlesimo's first with the team. Williams liked what he saw and heard in Oklahoma City, as well. "He did a great job of coaching tonight, of picking his spots, talking to me,” Williams said. “He’s definitely passionate, and Avery (Johnson) was too. Avery was more reserved, wanted to be more even-keeled on the bench, he didn’t want, I don’t want to say, people see him sweat. PJ is just one those guys who is just fiery. If he’s feeling a certain way, he’s going to tell you.” Sulia

"He's pretty forward, man," Johnson said before the Nets played the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday night. "He just kind of tells you like it is. If you ain't playing worth a ----, he'll tell you, you ain't playing worth a ----. As players, some of us may respond a little different to it, but for me, I can appreciate it. Newsday

January 1, 2013 Updates

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