So for now, the Nets job is Carlesimo’s to lose.
Numerous coaching candidates from around the league have expressed an interest through their agents and through media outlets, but the Nets hierarchy would prefer to have some semblance of stability after a strong start in November earned Johnson the NBA’ Coach of the Month award — a trophy he presumably packed in a box before the end of December after losing his job.
Jackson has been out of the NBA since 2011 when his Los Angeles Lakers were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks. He was interested in returning to the Lakers earlier this season when Mike Brown lost his job, but an internal power struggle in the Buss family saw the family patriarch’s son, Jim, win out over his sister, Jeanie, when it came time to choose a successor and Mike D’Antoni was hired.
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