PJ Carlesimo

In the morning before their season-defining game, Nets players voiced their support for interim coach PJ Carlesimo – whose fate as interim coach has yet to be addressed by upper management.

“He’s been great,” said Joe Johnson. “Our whole coaching staff, but PJ has been terrific. He always takes our input in games, practice, whatever. He’s a coach that really listens to us and gives us great feedback. I would love to see him back. He’s done a great job since he took over.”

Andray Blatche, while noting that he doesn’t know whether he’d return as a free agent after the season, echoed Johnson’s sentiment.

“As far as the job he’s done, he’s done a great job,” Blatche said. “The whole coaching staff in preparing us and getting us ready for these games. Our scouting report has been pretty good, that’s what has helped us in getting back from 3-1.”

Carlesimo has been criticized for his inconsistent rotations and lack of youth development, but he’s also reeled off an impressive 38-23 record since taking over for Avery Johnson.

– Reported by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (Blog)