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P.J. Carlesimo named interim coach of the Nets

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

By Elizabeth Coluccio

Avery Johnson, coach of the Brooklyn Nets, was fired yesterday, according to general manager Billy King, and P.J. Carlesimo will take over on the bench beginning tonight.

The Nets season began well, with the team winning five games in a row. But through November, they have since lost seven out of 10 games, bringing their record to 14-14.

Though the move comes as a surprise to many, there have been signs that team was under duress. The Nets spent $330 million to bring in a new roster this summer as they moved into the Barclays Center. Also, star point guard Deron Williams criticized Johnson’s coaching tactics just over a week ago.

Johnson, who was appointed the position in 2010, coached the team for a little over two seasons. Carlesimo will take over as coach on an interim.