Nets Fire Carlesimo As Head Coach

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Reuters
The Brooklyn Nets have fired P.J. Carlesimo as interim head coach of the National Basketball Association team, the team general manager said one day after the club was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

The Brooklyn Nets have fired P.J. Carlesimo as interim head coach of the National Basketball Association team, the team general manager said one day after the club was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

Carlesimo led the Nets to a 49-33 finish for second place in the Atlantic Division. He replaced the fired Avery Johnson in December.

After earning the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets flopped in their first-round playoff series, falling 99-93 in Game Seven on their home court on Saturday.

"The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court," general manager Billy King said in a statement.

"We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come."

Carlesimo, 63, went 35-19 in the regular season, winning 12 of his first 14 games, after taking over from Avery, who had lost 10 of 13 games as the Nets slipped to 14-14.