Despite helping guide the Nets (49-33) to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and their first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 campaign, Prokhorov fired Carlesimo on May 5 following Brooklyn’s loss against the gritty Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs.
“I don’t know if (winning a title is) realistic the way the roster is right now,” said Carlesimo, 64, a two-time Big East Conference coach of the year who was named Seton Hall University’s “Coach of the Century” in 1999.
“We thought we could this year if things broke a little better for us. But if you have that on your plate, that you need to win a championship in two years, I think it makes it a little challenging.”
Recently listed by Forbes as the 69th richest individual in the world, the 48-year-old Prokhorov is delusional to believe the trio of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez is capable of bringing the Nets to glory.
A victim of unrealistic expectations, Carlesimo did a solid job teaching in Brooklyn after the restless rooskie axed November Coach of the Month Avery Johnson in December.
P.J. Carlesimo will ultimately learn to appreciate, and be thankful for, Mikhail Prokhorov’s poor decision.by