Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  11 responses

Former Nets Coach PJ Carlesimo Calls Brooklyn’s Title Hopes Unrealistic

Looking at the roster he coached on an interim basis much of this season, PJ Carlesimo doesn’t envision the Brooklyn Nets hoisting up an NBA championship trophy anytime soon (no matter what owner Mikhail Prokhorov says.) Carlesimo, who quickly found a TV gig after the Nets fired him, thinks Avery Johnson didn’t get a fair shot in BK. Per Newsday: “Well, I think it made it difficult to keep the job more so for Avery, because Avery was brought in, and he did the dirty work,’ Carlesimo said during a conference call. ‘You got the two years of getting your head knocked off while they were getting the roster together and getting the salary cap right and all that. Then when the team had a very representative team to put out there and you had all the great things that we all enjoyed this year in Brooklyn, he didn’t get a chance to reap the benefits of those two years, which was unfortunate. For me, it’s disappointing only because it’s such a good job. I think you know how I feel about it. There are only 30 jobs in this league, but there are a handful that are better than others, and I think Brooklyn is one of those jobs because it’s a team that’s got a chance to win every night. I’ve had very good jobs, and I’ve been as a head coach and an assistant coach obviously when I was in San Antonio in particular, we had a chance to win the whole thing.’ Carlesimo continued: ‘When you have a job in this league that you have a chance to win every night, that’s very special, and Brooklyn is one of those jobs. Having said that, the expectations to win a championship in two years, that’s a heavy load for anybody, not just for Brooklyn. I don’t know if that’s realistic the way the roster is right now. I would not say that team could not win a championship. We thought we could this year if things broke a little better for us. ‘But if you have that on your plate, that you need to win a championship in two years, I think it makes it a little challenging. … But 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. Those 16 wins are hard to come by at the end of the year, but the Spurs have ten of them right now, Miami’s got nine. It’s hard to get to 16. I still do think it’s a good job. I think the expectations are maybe not totally realistic, but you’d rather have that from your owner and you know he’s got the wherewithal to back it up.’”

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    nothing new

  • Stinka

    you gotta have stability at head coach. Prokhorov has a quick trigger.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    HE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. The Nets need to get over themselves. No way they get a big-time coach now unless they WAY over pay. LOL at them thinking they could hire Doc Rivers.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I don’t usually do this, but this headline is very misleading. Come on now. A headline should be attention grabbing, but somewhat representative of the thrust of the piece. That didn’t happen here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tuotila1 Tuomas Uotila

    Urealistic? It figures…

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  • BugEyes

    I would love to call this cat a sour grape but padre is 100% right nobody plays with heart on that team 32 yr old couple mill a year kirk h showed up maxed out deron w

  • Stainless

    If you can’t remain with the team, rip them up.

  • dacre

    What bugs me even more than ill-conceived article headings is that EVERY thread has some bogus skank telling me how much money they make off their imac. Atleast they could dress up their automatic comment with a reference to MJ or something….?

  • danpowers

    what else should he say? “yeah, now that i am gone these guys really have a shot at winning the championship”

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J