Report: P.J. Carlesimo to join Nets
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.
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"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 also had a short stint as coach of the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder in 2007-08.
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.
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