Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: January 30, 12:44 PM ET
Nets brass to discuss P.J. Carlesimo
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King will meet with ownership on Wednesday and Friday to discuss interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and the job he's done so far, among other things, King said during a Monday interview with NBA.com.
"I don't know if a decision (on Carlesimo's future) is going to be made from there, but I think what we'll do is sit there and talk about the job he's done and where we are as a team, but I don't think there's a specific timetable where we will go forward and make any other further announcements. We're just going to continue to evaluate the situation," King told NBA.com.
Owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be at Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat and Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, his spokeswoman, Ellen Pinchuk, confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com.
Carlesimo is 13-4 since taking over for Avery Johnson, who was fired following a 14-14 start. The Nets (27-18) have been a more confident team under Carlesimo, who has defined player roles and gotten the most out of the talent King assembled in the offseason.
Since Carlesimo took over for Johnson, Brooklyn's points per game differential has increased four points (plus-0.1 to plus-4.1). The Nets are also scoring 4.7 points more per 100 possessions (102.9 to 107.6) and shooting a better percentage from the field (43.8 to 45.1), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Point guard Deron Williams' numbers are also up across the board. He averaged 16.6 points on 39.8 percent shooting under Johnson, compared to 18.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting under Carlesimo.
Carlesimo, barring an epic collapse, is all but certain to finish out the rest of the season, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com recently. But Prokhorov, enamored with adding a big name, is expected to pursue the likes of Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, among others, in the offseason, sources said.
The Nets are currently in Year Three of Prokhorov's five-year championship plan. Before the season, the Russian billionaire owner said he'd consider this season -- the team's first in Brooklyn -- a success if it reached the conference finals.
King, who overhauled the roster in the offseason, spending $330 million to do so, told NBA.com he enjoys working for Prokhorov.
"He's very knowledgeable about the game of basketball. He understands it, about how it should be played," King said. "A lot of times sitting with him in the suite at a game, he's talking about they should do this on the fast break. So, that part of it is something our fan base may not know. He's very, very knowledgeable about basketball besides being very wealthy.
"And then the other big thing is that he allows me to do my job. He calls every now and then, but he's not overbearing. He put me in place like he said to let me do my job."
King also called the fact that center Brook Lopez was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star team a "disgrace."
Lopez, 24, is averaging 18.6 points (tops among NBA centers), 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks fourth in the league in PER, behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.