5 Teams That Should Consider Hiring Former Brooklyn Nets Coach P.J. Carlesimo

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P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo
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After head coach Avery Johnson was fired just 28 games into the season, assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo did an excellent job taking over for the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-2013.

Brooklyn went 35-19 under Carlesimo, finishing off with 49 wins and the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.

After a loss in the deciding seventh game of the Nets first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, Carlesimo found himself out of a job, as the front office decided not to retain him.

With the type of success that Carlesimo had during the regular season after being thrown into the fire, he certainly deserves another head coaching opportunity next season.

Carlesimo is currently working as an analyst for ESPN, and will continue to do so at least throughout the end of the playoffs. Whether or not he will receive a contract to stay with them beyond then still remains to be determined.

That isn’t a job Carlesimo should have to settle for, though.

He may not be the most accomplished coach throughout his career, having never made it out of the first round of the playoffs with four different teams dating back to 1994 with the Portland Trailblazers, but Carlesimo showed significant improvement as a coach with the Nets.

With a .648 winning percentage on a team that he inherited during the season, this was the best run in Carlesimo’s career by far. Surely he already had some quality talent on the roster when he acquired the job, but we’ve seen time and time again that that doesn’t guarantee results right off the bat.

Given a few years to grow with a young roster, there are a few organizations that Carlesimo could only help if hired.

Five of them come to mind.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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5. Phoenix Suns

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Carlesimo would be a much safter bet than interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who has zero head coaching experience.

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4. Washington Wizards

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Randy Wittman is still the coach in Washington, but Carlesimo would definitely be more reliable.

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3. Detroit Pistons

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A young Pistons team could use a coach like Carlesimo.

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2. Philadelphia 76ers

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Carlesimo could be a nice fit for Sixers team that underachieved greatly this season.

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1. Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee has a few nice, young pieces and would be the perfect sized market for Carlesimo to get back on his feet.