Less than 24 hours after the wounded Chicago Bulls eliminated the Brooklyn Nets from the NBA Playoffs, the team has announced that they will not be retaining head coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets announced Carlesimo is out and they will begin the team’s search for a new head coach immediately.
“The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team’s success both on and off the court,” Brooklyn GM Billy Hunter said in a statement. “We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come.”
Carlesimo was the team’s interim head coach after taking over for Avery Johnson after a disappointing start to the season.
The Nets responded well to Carlesimo and went 35-19 to end the season. The team was rolling in to the postseason and they were favorites over the Bulls, but they stumbled after game one of the series and it was too much to overcome.
As for a top target for the Nets vacant head coaching gig, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shed some light on the possible replacement:
Nets search for a new coach has started. P.J. Carlesimo won’t be brought back. Jeff Van Gundy is a top target, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 5, 2013