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P.J. Carlesimo
Sport Basketball
Born May 30, 1949 (1949-05-30) (age 60)
Place of birth Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Career highlights

Peter J. (P. J.) Carlesimo (born May 30, 1949 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a former NBA and college basketball coach, and current television broadcaster. He is the son of Peter A. Carlesimo who was the longtime coach and athletic director at the University of Scranton, Wagner College, and Fordham University. Carlesimo was hired to cover NBA games for The NBA on TNT during the 2009 playoffs.


Early coaching stints

Carlesimo is a 1971 graduate of Fordham University, where he played basketball, and began his coaching career as an assistant at the school during the same year. He received his first head coaching job when he took over New Hampshire College for one year, beginning in 1975. The New Hampshire Penmen ended the 1975–1976 season with a 14-13 record and won the Mayflower Conference championship.[1] Carlesimo also had a successful coaching stint at Wagner College of Staten Island, New York, a Division I school, leading the team to two NIT berths in six years as coach from 1976 to 1982.[2]

Seton Hall University coaching years

Carlesimo coached Seton Hall University from 1982–1994, and was named the school's "Coach of the Century." He led the Pirates, a once struggling program, to the 1989 NCAA Championship game before losing to the Michigan Wolverines in overtime. Carlesimo was two-time Big East Conference coach of the year, following both the 1988 season, when he led Seton Hall to its first ever tournament appearance, and his 1989 runner-up year. During Carlesimo's tenure, the Pirates made the NCAA tournament six times.

Carlesimo was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski with the U.S. national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[3] He also served as an assistant coach on the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team," winning the gold medal.

NBA coaching career

Carlesimo moved to the NBA in 1994, taking over the Portland Trail Blazers from Rick Adelman. He led the team to a winning record and the playoffs in his first season as an NBA head coach, becoming the first ex-college coach to do so in his opening year in over a quarter of a century.[citation needed] Carlesimo led the Blazers to the playoffs in each of his three years as their head coach, setting team defensive records in the process.[citation needed] However, he was unable to lead the team out of the first round of the playoffs and was fired following the 1996-97 season.

In 1997, Carlesimo headed to the Golden State Warriors, again taking over for Rick Adelman. He coached that team until December 1999, at which point he was fired after his team got off to a losing start for the third straight year.

Carlesimo was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich from 2002 to 2007. He became head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics on July 5, 2007. The Sonics moved to Oklahoma a year later, where they become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Carlesimo was fired on November 22, 2008 by the Thunder after a 1–12 win-loss start.[4]


Latrell Sprewell choking incident

In a practice during the 1997 season while Carlesimo was head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Carlesimo was attacked by Latrell Sprewell.[5][6] Sprewell choked Carlesimo for nearly 15 seconds until being pulled off by several teammates, and elbowed him several minutes later. Sprewell said that if his teammates did not stop him he would have seriously injured, or possibly killed, Carlesimo.[citation needed] Sprewell was suspended for the remainder of that season and never again played for the Warriors after the incident.


A 1999 Sports Illustrated article by Frank Deford, focusing on the aftermath of Carlesimo's life following the Sprewell choking incident, had this to say about Carlesimo's quality of life post-December 1, 1997:

"Carlesimo may be alone, but he is not lonely. The hearty laughs and the tall tales and the fine red wine flow deep into every night: the rich Continental dinners, the camaraderie, Carlesimo surrounded at the table by his myriad friends from a well-traveled life—Warriors assistants, visiting coaches, old high school and college buddies and the odd celebrity pal. The women fade in and out—'Recruits,' says one reject, whimsically."

The article also notes that Carlesimo, at the turn of the century, professed to eat out 365 nights a year.[7]

NBA Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
POR 1994–95 82 44 38 .537 4th in Pacific 3 0 3 Lost in First Round
POR 1995–96 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Pacific 5 2 3 Lost in First Round
POR 1996–97 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Pacific 4 1 3 Lost in First Round
GSW 1997–98 82 19 63 .232 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
GSW 1998–99 50 21 29 .420 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
GSW 1999–00 27 6 21 .222 (fired)
SEA 2007–08 82 20 62 .244 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
OKC 2008–09 13 1 12 .077 (fired)
Career 500 204 296 .408 12 3 9


  1. ^ "Men's Basketball Program History; Southern New Hampshire University". snhu.edu. http://www.snhu.edu/2969.asp. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "P.J. Carlesimo". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/coachfile/pj_carlesimo/index.html. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "1990 USA Basketball". usabasketball.com. http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=mwc_1990. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Report: Thunder fire Carlesimo". NBA.com. November 22, 2008. http://www.nba.com/2008/news/11/22/thunder.carlesimo.ap/index.html. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Report: Sonics set to make Spurs assistant Carlesimo coach". CBSSports.com. July 3, 2007. http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10245270. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Puma, Mike. "Sprewell's Image Remains in a Chokehold". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Sprewell_Latrell.html. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Deford, Frank, "Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner," Sports Illustrated, February 1, 1999.

External links

  • Seattle Times: Even in brief, Sonics' Carlesimo has plenty to talk about
Preceded by
Rick Adelman
Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Preceded by
Rick Adelman
Golden State Warriors head coach
Succeeded by
Garry St. Jean
Preceded by
Bob Hill
Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach
Succeeded by
Scott Brooks (interim)


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