Mar 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 109-87. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

P.J. Carlesimo To Replace Flip Saunders At ESPN


It didn’t take P.J. Carlesimo long to find a new job. Shortly after the Brooklyn Nets decided against extending the contract of their interim head coach, Carlesimo was contacted by ESPN with the offer to cover the NBA playoffs.

According to NY Daily News, ESPN has reached out to Carlesimo, who will act as a studio analyst for the network during the rest of the 2013 NBA playoffs. He will fill the vacancy left by Flip Saunders, who accepted the job as the present of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Other than being a studio analyst, Carlesimo will also work on site during the NBA Finals. As of right now, the deal between the two parties is only for the postseason, after which ESPN and Carlesimo will sit down and evaluate the possibility of making the partnership a long-term deal.

P.J. is no stranger to broadcasting, as he has previously worked for NBC Sports, ESPN Radio and other organizations. He is not yet certain whether he wants to commit to his broadcasting career, or merely wants to have it as something to do until the next coaching gig comes along. However, he does say that he enjoys broadcasting a lot more than he thought he would, so committing to being a full-time NBA analyst is definitely not out of the question for Carlesimo.

 

Vytis covers the NBA for FanSided. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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