The Nets have announced that the long-rumored hirings of Mario Elie and P.J. Carlesimo are official. Carlesimo will be lead assistant.
Elie is a three-time NBA champion, twice with the Rockets and once with the Spurs, where he was a teammate of Avery Johnson. Last year, he served as lead assistant for the Kings. Carlesimo is a three-time NBA head coach, having led Trail Blazers, Warriors and Thunder. He also served as an assistant to Gregg Popovich at San Antonio and Jay Triano in Toronto. He also coached two local college teams, Wagner and Seton Hall, to their best seasons ever.
Sam Mitchell, meanwhile, will move to a scouting position.
- Nets round out coaching staff - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets add Mario Elie, P.J. Carlesimo - Christopher Hunt - ESPN New York
- Nets add Carlesimo, Elie as assistants - Tim Bontemps - New York Post Nets Blog
P.J. Carlesimo, Mario Elie join Nets' coaching staff - Andy Vasquez - The Record
Long, winding road leads Nets' P.J. Carlesimo back to his coaching roots - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger