The Nets coach with the highest career winning percentage is ... P.J. Carlesimo, who went 35-19 (.648) in the Nets first year in Brooklyn after Avery Johnson was fired.
Carlesimo, who was in his native New York for All-Star Weekend, spoke with Stefan Bondy about his tenure with the Nets and his decision to play Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace. He said he bears no ill will towards the organization who gave him what;s likely his last head coaching gig.
"When you win there and you like the players, it's wrong if you get away and you start rooting against the guys who won for you," he said.
Carlesimo said the reason why the Nets did so well for him was simple. "We had some guys that people didn't appreciate as much," he said, referring to Evans and Wallace. "But the difference was the key guys - Brook, Deron and Joe were healthy and playing great."
Caught up with PJ Carlesimo briefly at All-Star weekend - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News