Report: P.J. Carlesimo to join Nets

Updated: September 14, 2011, 10:44 AM ET
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The New Jersey Nets lost assistant coach John Loyer to the Pistons, but it looks like they'll bring in a familiar face to replace him.

A source told The Record of Bergen County (N.J.) that former Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo will join Avery Johnson's staff once the lockout ends.

"P.J. is a guy I have a great relationship with," Johnson said Tuesday, according to the newspaper, without confirming the agreement.

"He and I go back a ways. He's a terrific assistant coach, very knowledgeable. Obviously he has a pretty solid track record in this part of the world. He has a lot of friends and people in this area that he's still close to. We just have to wait and see what happens."

A Fordham graduate, Carlesimo coached Seton Hall from 1982 to 1994, taking the Pirates to the 1989 NCAA championship game, where they lost to Michigan.

He then moved on to the NBA, where he coached the Portland Trail Blazers from 1994 to 1997 and the Golden State Warriors from 1997 to 1999.

He also had a short stint as coach of the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder in 2007-08.

Carlesimo has also been an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs (2002-07) and most recently with the Toronto Raptors.

The Record reported that Carlesimo will take over the top assistant's job on the Nets, which was held by Sam Mitchell last season. Mitchell has interviewed for head coaching jobs, and his role on the team this season is uncertain.

Nets assistant coaches Tom Barrise, Popeye Jones and Doug Overton are expected to return, the newspaper reported.

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