It was a whirlwind season for the now former Brooklyn Nets head coach.
After the Nets fired Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo took over the 14-14 team and compiled a 35-19 record from that point on, leading the Nets into the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
All was good, right? Well, not exactly.
The Nets dropped their opening round series against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls which lead to Carlesimo’s firing, but apparently, it wasn’t his fault. The coach, who’s most famous for his run-in with Latrell Sprewell during his time in Golden State, took some pretty big swipes at the Nets’ roster recently, questioning their ability to become a serious contender.
Per the New York Daily News:
I still would not call them one of the favorites. I wouldn’t put that on whoever is lucky enough to get the job. I think it’s a team that could win a lot of games. I think it’s a 50-win team, a playoff team and a team that could do well, particularly in the Eastern Conference. But to win a championship is a bear. …I still do think it’s a good job.