P.J. Carlesimo told Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith about the front court rotation, but didn't add much to the conversation that's been out there the last two days. He told the ESPN duo about the need to give Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and even Jerry Stackhouse more time in the stretch before the playoffs, as he did in practice Thursday. And he spoke glowingly about his point guard's great run as well as his improving demeanor, Not much new there, either
But the interim coach also spoke about the Nets future, using "we" and "us" freely, particularly about how the Nets' surge and his stars' play bodes well for the team's ability to attract top players to Brooklyn for championship runs.
Talking about the Nets "Big Three" of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, Carlesimo said they are a "big plus in us attracting whoever it may be, in a trade, a free agent signing, whatever it is, whatever Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov figure out, the direction we're going to go, I think these guys know they're part of the reason and ... they accept it and they embrace it."
He explained, "Players are going to say, they want to play with Deron and Joe and Brook Lopez, that they got something good going in there. We saw what happened in Miami. We see what is kind of a trend in the league right now of the better players wanting to go where the other good players are, even if they get a little bit less attention, sometimes even a little less money. It's about rings and I think that's going to be very, very important for us going forward."
On the subject of catching the Knicks for the division lead, Carlesimo said, "We are just too far away from that. It's
too early to focus on that ... We'd love to catch them, love to win the division." Others are asking the same question.
- Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco (Audio) - ESPN New York Radio
Deron Williams doesn't hide his emotions - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Notes: Nets could tie Knicks on Sunday - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Deron Williams could make the Brooklyn Nets the best team in New York - Ben Eagle - Sports Illustrated