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Brooklyn fires coach P.J. Carlesimo


Updated: May 5, 2013, 1:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services



The Brooklyn Nets have fired interim coach P.J. Carlesimo a day after the team's ouster from the playoffs in seven games by the Chicago Bulls.


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"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," general manager Billy King said Sunday in a news release.


King, talking to reporters after the announcement, would not rule out making a push at Phil Jackson to fill the coaching vacancy and said he plans to call Jackson to gauge his level of interest.


Carlesimo and the Nets finished the team's first season in Brooklyn 49-33 after the 99-93 loss to the Bulls. They finished in second place in the Atlantic Division and were the No. 4 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

He had been promoted in December when the team fired Avery Johnson after a 14-14 start to the season but was never hired as the permanent coach.

"We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come," King said in the statement.


Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo was used in this report.


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