LeBron James says the Nets are playing harder for interim coach P.J. Carlesimo than they did for former coach Avery Johnson.
James said he didn't think the Nets have changed anything schematically since firing Johnson, despite a surging record. "It sucks that Avery had to take the hit of them not wanting to play at a high level, but that's what it looks like to me," James said at shootaround Wednesday, hours before his Heat were scheduled to play the Nets. LeBron's not the first person to intimate the Nets weren't going all out before Johnson was canned, although it is a little late in the game to be digging the drama up again.