What Happens if You Can’t Make it Out of the First Round?

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In the case of PJ Carlesimo, it means you’re fired. Carlesimo seems to have had this problem since his head coaching career started in Portland. Sadly it also mean means your legacy and image has been scratched or ruined slightly. Can you imagine the backlash they Carmello would’ve received if he wouldn’t have gotten the Knicks through the first round this year? The Nets are out but they head to the offseason with a great roster, now they just need that head coach spot filled. I probably would’ve kept Carlesimo but hey that’s why I’m not a team owner.

Carlesimo helped the Nets finish 49-33 after replacing the fired Avery Johnson in December, earning the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The reason Carlesimo was most likely fired for is the simple fact that the Nets looked like they were asking to lose. I knew the Bulls would win game seven, and it was obvious after watching game six. The Nets struggled to beat a sick and injured Bulls team, no Derrick Rose, a limping Joakim Noah, a hospitalized Luol Deng, and a Nate Robsinson throwing up his dinner in a sideline bucket. They won with a last minute 3-pointer. If you struggled to win against a team like that, imagine playing a healthier team who’s in it to win it.

”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. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come,” general manager Billy King said in a statement. Apparently Carlesimo going 35-19 on an interim basis just wasn’t good enough.

They got back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, though owner Mikhail Prokhorov had higher expectations by saying in the preseason that he thought the Nets could make the conference finals.

”In one sense, I will say how far we’ve come from last year, infinitely. But we didn’t get as far as we wanted to get,” Carlesimo said Saturday night.

”I think we made enormous progress from where we were last year and what these guys accomplished this year, but to me it’s a hill. You’re always trying to climb up the hill. You go up; you go back. But we thought we could get higher up the hill than we got.”

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