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P.J. Carlesimo must beat Bulls to keep Nets job

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07:47 AM ET 04.20 | He's dragged around the interim tag since late December, and P.J. Carlesimo must seriously ponder during quieter moments what it would take to shed the extra language. But as the Nets prepare to open the postseason Saturday against the Bulls in Brooklyn, Carlesimo shrugs and fires off a familiar one-liner aimed vaguely at elusive owner Mikhail Prokhorov. "If I were him, I'd give me a lifetime contract and pay me a lot of money," Carlesimo said after practice. "But it's his team." It's a legitimate and unanswerable question: What would it take for Carlesimo to remain as head coach of the Nets next season? Does he need to beat Chicago and give Miami a tough run? Would even that be good enough if a high-profile coach became available in the offseason? We already know that Prokhorov is quite capable of chasing the likes of Phil Jackson, throwing money at celebrity. Carlesimo has no such guarantees. Nobody really knows which rules apply with Prokhorov, though here's a pretty safe bet both in Moscow and Brooklyn: If Carlesimo loses to Chicago, he loses his job.

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April 20, 2013  10:10 AM ET

"Top" HC available: SVG, JVG, Nate, Adelman (potentially), Scott.

Unless some marquee college HC decides to try his hands in the NBA, no good choices.

April 20, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Beware Of The Horns, Bro.

April 20, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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April 20, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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April 20, 2013  11:55 AM ET

Nets will have a tough time with the Bulls. Bulls defense is too gritty and their player can make shots.

April 20, 2013  01:28 PM ET
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April 20, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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April 20, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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April 20, 2013  02:11 PM ET
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April 20, 2013  02:11 PM ET
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April 20, 2013  02:12 PM ET

Lag sucks

April 20, 2013  02:19 PM ET
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they're going to beat chicago with no problempjs done a nice job with them, he's been around the block and as I said all year- I think this is the team that has the most reasonable chance of beating miami in the east- cause they have a PG & C.Firing him for the sake of bringing in a big name ? who's the name? phil?I don't see phil wanting to come out east anymorewho else is out there?

Bulls are hardnosed like the Celtic. I don't think Brooklyn can handle them easily.Bulls are by far the better team. It's almost unfair to make this a must-win series for PJ.

April 20, 2013  06:29 PM ET

Hey PJ...Sprewell has his hands cuffed!!

April 20, 2013  06:31 PM ET

Sprewell is rooting for PJ not to choke!!!

April 20, 2013  08:30 PM ET

No worries, Chicago can't hang with them... takes your heart out when your leader isn't willing to play when he's not hurt, just not at his best. That's amplified by Noah playing through his pain. Not sure Rose ever gets the full trust of this team back.

April 20, 2013  08:31 PM ET
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Bulls are hardnosed like the Celtic. I don't think Brooklyn can handle them easily.Bulls are by far the better team. It's almost unfair to make this a must-win series for PJ.

Isn't a single position at which the Bulls are better. Not one.

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