"I haven't really thought about it," point guard Deron Williams said about the Jackson reports following the Nets' morning shootaround at their practice facility. "Right now, you know, P.J. is our coach. This caught me off guard, so I have no clue."
The backcourt duo of Williams and Joe Johnson was supposed to be the team's strength after the Nets revamped the roster this summer as they prepared to move from New Jersey to their new home in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson, who's averaging 16.9 points and has played well below his expectations, was surprised and shocked to hear of Avery Johnson's dismissal. The guard said the players and not Avery Johnson were the root of the Nets' recent struggles.
"It's been a tale of two different months. One month we play pretty good and the next it's not so good," Johnson said.
"Us as players really have to look ourselves in the mirror and really have each other's backs. I don't think we've been having fun for some time," he added. "I don't think it was the coach. I mean, don't get me wrong, I got P.J.'s back 100 percent and I think he's a great coach."
Joe Johnson was in Atlanta when current New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson was fired as coach of the Hawks at the end of the 2009-10 season and hasn't given any thought to Jackson coaching the Nets.
"It's crazy. It's show and tell. You never know if things are going to work out the way that they're planned," Johnson said. "I don't have a preference. I'm rolling with P.J. right now."
Carlesimo, who last coached the Oklahoma City Thunder, wasn't too enthused with how he landed his latest job.
"Obviously, it's the worst day to become a head coach. It's clearly not an ideal situation," Carlesimo said. "But it's the way of the NBA."
Carlesimo — no matter how long he has the job — won't have much time to make changes to a team that has relied on too much 1-on-1 play and whose offensive system was questioned by Williams before he apologized to Avery Johnson.
Practice time will be scarce, but Carlesimo did say that the coaching staff will look to make things simple and that they are "going to tweak some things."
"The problem we have, the challenge we have short-term is that we have six games in nine days and we're not going to make wholesale changes for sure," Carlesimo said.
AP freelance writer Adriano Torres in East Rutherford, N.J., contributed to this report.