Defying His Past, Carlesimo Running Nets

If there was a subtext to the Nets’ firing of Avery Johnson two days after Christmas, P. J. Carlesimo had been around long enough to recognize the plot lines sooner than most. He starred in an earlier version of the movie, but long before the classic coach-killing caper became a more spurious whodunit of backdoor maneuvers.

When Carlesimo was a marquee name, the assailant just went for the jugular. The results could be...

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