Less than 24 hours after the Brooklyn Nets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs, the team announced Sunday that it will not offer a new contract to interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets said in a statement on their website that a search for a replacement will begin immediately. "The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court," Nets general manager Billy Hunter said. "We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come." King later told reporters that he would reach out to former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson to gauge his interest in the position. Carlesimo took over as interim coach on Dec. 27 when Avery Johnson was fired after the Nets started the season 14-14. Carlesimo guided the team into the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Brooklyn went 35-19 in the final 54 games of the regular season under Carlesimo and finished second in the Atlantic Division and as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. The Nets lost Game 7 of a first-round Eastern Conference series at home to the injury-ravaged Chicago Bulls 99-93 on Saturday night after coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Carlesimo also has served as a head coach with Portland, Golden State and the Oklahoma City/Seattle franchise in the NBA. His career record is 239-315 in the regular season and 6-13 in the playoffs.
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