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Reports: Sonics to name Carlesimo as coach
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Writer
July 3, 2007


SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics appear set to pluck another piece from the San Antonio Spurs.

The Sonics have scheduled a Thursday news conference amid reports that the team has hired P.J. Carlesimo as its new head coach. Team officials refused to comment Tuesday on a report that first appeared on the San Antonio Express-News Web site, which said Carlesimo had been chosen by Sonics ownership.

Carlesimo and former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey have been considered front-runners for the Seattle job. Casey told The Associated Press on Tuesday evening that he was informed by the Sonics they were going with another candidate. Casey said he was not told who the choice was.

"They said they were going in a different direction and that I made it a tough decision," said Casey, a former assistant in Seattle. "I'm disappointed."

Seattle general manager Sam Presti, who spent the last seven years working in the Spurs' organization before becoming Seattle's GM on June 7, was traveling and unavailable for comment.

Carlesimo, 58, has been an assistant the last five seasons in San Antonio and before that was a head coach in Portland and Golden State. The position in Seattle has been vacant since the Sonics fired Bob Hill on April 24 after the team went 31-51 last season.

The 30-year-old Presti, the youngest GM in basketball, was given authority over the coaching search when he was hired. But the process dragged, in part because Carlesimo couldn't interview until after the Spurs won their third NBA title since 2003.

Sonics owner Clay Bennett, a former member of the Spurs' board of governors in the 1990s, has repeatedly said he wants to model the Sonics after the San Antonio organization. He seems on his way there, having hired Presti and now, apparently, Carlesimo from the Spurs.

Carlesimo has played a supporting role in San Antonio, far different from his last stop as a head coach in Golden State, where he clashed with players and had an infamous run-in with Latrell Sprewell.

Carlesimo's intense, in-your-face approach in Golden State almost immediately became an issue when tensions developed between him and Sprewell, his star player.

The emotions boiled over at a practice Dec. 1, 1997, when Sprewell responded to Carlesimo's terse command of "put a little mustard" on a pass by choking his coach. It took several players and team officials to break up the attack, which an angry Sprewell renewed 15 minutes later.

Sprewell initially had his contract terminated by the Warriors and was suspended for a year by the NBA, but the sanctions were reduced by an arbitrator to a 68-game suspension that still cost the All-Star guard $6 million in wages.

Following his reinstatement, the Warriors traded Sprewell to the New York Knicks. Carlesimo was fired by Golden State early in the 1999 season after a 6-21 start.

Carlesimo took Portland to the playoffs each of his three seasons with the Trail Blazers, but never advanced out of the first round.

Seattle has seen its two star players leave in the last week. Seven-time All-Star Ray Allen was traded to Boston on draft night for the rights to No. 5 pick Jeff Green, Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak.

Then late Monday night, free agent forward Rashard Lewis agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic.

One positive for Carlesimo would be the opportunity to work with Texas star Kevin Durant, selected by Seattle with the No. 2 pick in last week's draft. Durant and Green will both be part of Seattle's summer league team that begins play Friday in Las Vegas.

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Really suprised the Sonics would go with Carlesimo, as he has always been a hard, not so player friendly coach and that likely has not changed being an assistsnt to Popovich. Having so many young guys on their team now, Seattle really needs a player's coach that can develop a good relationship to facilitate the transition from college to the nba
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:48 am
Carlisemo is not the answer. But at this stage, he'd be a nice guy to start. He's inheriting Durant, Green and many other young studs. It'll be fun to see whether he can handle his players without one of them choking him.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 3:28 am
Hopefully he has learned something during his tenure as Pop's assitant or it may get ugly soon for the Sonics... Carlesimo was specially adept at alienating his players in his previous teams.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:25 am
Is Latrell Sprewell gonna have to choke a coach?

I guess this is an okay signing. I bet that Seattle is wishing they ponied up for Nate MacMillan though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:37 am
A guy like Rick Pitino would be nice for this young team
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Rick Pitino was a miserable NBA coach.

Hopefully, PJ's been paying attention to Poppavich.
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Pitino was a great player's coach and well suited to young players. Carlesimo will probably get beaten up within two months, he is that out of touch with positive realtionship with players
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migya wrote:Pitino was a great player's coach and well suited to young players. Carlesimo will probably get beaten up within two months, he is that out of touch with positive realtionship with players


Pitino is a good coach for the NCAA, but certainly sucks in the NBA. He's been awful as a player's coach and he's been awful as a talent evaluator... And he won't get another chance to prove himself.

From all the college coaches that tried (unsuccessfully) to make it in the NBA recently, I liked Calipari the most (although I may be forgetting someone). And it's not like he was anything out of the ordinary.
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migya wrote:Pitino was a great player's coach and well suited to young players. Carlesimo will probably get beaten up within two months, he is that out of touch with positive realtionship with players


Pitino is a good coach for the NCAA, but certainly sucks in the NBA. He's been awful as a player's coach and he's been awful as a talent evaluator... And he won't get another chance to prove himself.

From all the college coaches that tried (unsuccessfully) to make it in the NBA recently, I liked Calipari the most (although I may be forgetting someone). And it's not like he was anything out of the ordinary.



Pitino had a Celtics team that had Pierce, Walker and scrubs. No surprise they didn't make the playoffs but they weren't too far away. As a college coach he has been very successful. I remember him getting along with a few of his players while Carlesimo has been horrible
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migya wrote:Pitino had a Celtics team that had Pierce, Walker and scrubs. No surprise they didn't make the playoffs but they weren't too far away.


Pitino made the playoffs with the Celtics?. I thought they made it only under O'Brian...
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TMC wrote:
migya wrote:Pitino had a Celtics team that had Pierce, Walker and scrubs. No surprise they didn't make the playoffs but they weren't too far away.


Pitino made the playoffs with the Celtics?. I thought they made it only under O'Brian...



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migya wrote:
TMC wrote:
migya wrote:Pitino had a Celtics team that had Pierce, Walker and scrubs. No surprise they didn't make the playoffs but they weren't too far away.


Pitino made the playoffs with the Celtics?. I thought they made it only under O'Brian...



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TMC wrote:
migya wrote:
TMC wrote:
migya wrote:Pitino had a Celtics team that had Pierce, Walker and scrubs. No surprise they didn't make the playoffs but they weren't too far away.


Pitino made the playoffs with the Celtics?. I thought they made it only under O'Brian...



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I CAN'T READ THOSE TINY CHARACTERS. YOU HAVE TO WRITE POSTS LIKE THIS ONE. IT'S ONLY YOUR FAULT WHEN I MAKE THOSE MISTAKES. :mrgreen:




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