Handcuffed with the interim tag since assuming the position in December, Brooklyn head coach P.J. Carlesimo will reportedly get axed if the Nets don’t trump the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.
Carlesimo, with talented ballplayers Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, helped lead the Nets (49-33) to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and their first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 campaign.
“If I were (Prokhorov), I’d give me a lifetime contract and pay me a lot of money,” said Carlesimo, 63, a two-time Big East Conference coach of the year who was named Seton Hall University’s “Coach of the Century” in 1999. “But it’s his team.”
The 47-year-old Prokhorov, recently listed by Forbes as the 69th richest individual in the world, should pursue Jackson with caution.
Apparently “itching” to return to the NBA in some capacity, Jackson would essentially become a part-timer with cushy travel restrictions in place.
Leaning on a halfhearted “Zen Master” would be counterproductive and possibly even cause Brooklyn to regress.
Although it’s understandable that Prokhorov wants a man who captured a record 11 NBA titles on the sideline, Carlesimo is the better solution for the Nets.
For the betterment of the organization, Mikhail Prokhorov should let Phil Jackson remain in Del Boca Vista and “pay (P.J. Carlesimo) a lot of money” to continue teaching basketball in Brooklyn.by