05/07/13 2:49 pm EST
One day after the Brooklyn Nets failed to defeat the Chicago Bulls on their home court in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Bill King and company announced they would not retain interim head coach P. J. Carlesimo.
Carlesimo took over the reigns of the Nets in their opening season at the Barclays Center after the team fired Avery Johnson on December 28. Brooklyn went just 3-10 in the final month of 2012 under Johnson. After assisting Johnson, Carlesimo came into the head coaching role and let his players play freely and their natural games. Brooklyn responded and finished the rest of the season 35-19.
Brooklyn’s improvement under PJ wasn’t completely due to his stellar coaching. A significant portion of Brooklyn’s success over the last 54 games was because the Nets finally got healthy and Deron Williams suddenly played the final 50 games of the season like a franchise point guard.
Still, Carlesimo does deserve some of the credit for the Net’s turn around and with the 76ers currently in need of a turn-around of epic proportions, shouldn’t Josh Harris, Adam Aron and Tony DiLeo at least explore the option of bringing in Carlesimo to fill the head coaching vacancy?