(NEW YORK) — When the Brooklyn Nets dismissed interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo earlier this week, it came as a surprise to some considering the team’s success. Carlisemo though understands and accepts that he was not the right man for the job.
“Philosophically, I think Billy and the organization wanted someone that they felt was more in line with their thoughts and the way they felt about the roster and the whole situation going forward,” Carlesimo said on ESPN Radio’s The Herd With Colin Cowherd.
“They felt I wasn’t the guy, so they gotta get the guy in here that they want,” he continued. “It was a great opportunity, it was a nice job. The franchise is in great shape right now in terms of the move to Brooklyn and the Barclay’s Center and everything is on the uptick right now.”
Carlesimo went 35-19 while taking over for the fired Avery Johnson during the 2012-2013 season. Despite his regular season success, the Nets were bounced out of the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls in seven games.
The Nets are reportedly seeking Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy for the vacant coaching position.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN