Friday, March 1, 2013
Teletovic to get a look
By Tom Carpenter
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters Friday that he intends to get rookie Mirza Teletovic more run as the regular season heads into the stretch run, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo.
"I’d like to have (solidified the rotation) two months ago," Carlesimo said. "But Mirza is going to be the priority going forward. These next two games might not be ideal for Mirza."
"I think it’s a two-part process: figuring out how to get time for him on a regular basis, and make a decision," he continued. "...I think the fact that we have a bunch of different pieces is a plus for us, especially when we get in the playoffs, maybe guys who would get a lot more time against one team, and a lot less time if we play somebody else. ... It’s not a plus that we still haven’t sorted Mirza out. To me, he’s still the biggest piece that we have to address."
The next two games come against bigger frontcourts like the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, which hints at why Carlesimo has had trouble inserting the forward into the lineup; Teletovic is 6-foot-9 and a 3-point threat, so he would match up better with small teams. Averaging just 3.3 ppg and 36.8 FG% this season, the Euro vet is way off the fantasy radar, and that likely won't change even if Carlesimo gives him some extra burn off the pine.