Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo still doesn’t know what he needs to do in the playoffs to convince the team’s owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, to give him the job on a permanent basis.
“No idea,” Carlesimo said after Friday’s practice. “No clue whatsoever.”
Since taking over for Avery Johnson in late December after the Nets had dropped to .500 (14-14) for the season, Carlesimo led the Nets to a 35-19 record over the final four months of the season, good for a .648 winning percentage that’s the sixth-best of any team in the NBA over that timeframe, and second only to the defending champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.
But Carlesimo said he hasn’t had any kind of meeting or discussion with Prokhorov about how he’s done, or his future, since the two had lunch in Midtown Manhattan on Dec. 29 before the Nets beat the Kings to improve to 2-0 under Carlesimo’s stewardship.
“I don’t anticipate any,” Carlesimo said. “I haven’t anticipated any since the meeting the first day. It was just, ‘Do your job, do what you think is best, and we’ll talk when it’s all over.’
“So, hopefully we’re not going to talk for a long time.”