PJ Carlesimo Rumors
Do you think they can beat San Antonio and Golden State? “You’ve gotta give these two teams in the West their due. Golden State and San Antonio have been more consistent all year, so you’ve gotta say if you’re picking (a series winner) you have to give those guys an edge. Having said that, I guarantee you that both San Antonio and Golden State are concerned whether they can beat Oklahoma City in a best-of-7 (series). But until you go out and do it, there’s an unknown. Whether it’s this year or not, I don’t know. Just giving these two their due, you have to say edge to San Antonio, edge to Golden State, if for no other reason than home court. When you’ve got to beat somebody four time out of seven, having that seventh game is big.”
The Sonics landed the fourth pick and planned to bring in about 20 players for workouts. They had Stanford center Brook Lopez at No. 4 on their draft board. General manager Sam Presti loved Westbrook’s athleticism, but he wasn’t sold on playing him alongside Durant. Plus, the team desperately needed a big to anchor its defense. In the run-up to the draft, Carlesimo cast his vote: Lopez. “There just aren’t that many 10-year bigs that come along,” says Carlesimo.
Carlesimo coached three teams to a 239-315 record, failing in three attempts to advance in the playoffs. “I would love to coach again but I don’t know if it’s going to happen,” he said. “I had really hoped that year was going to get me back in the mix a little bit. We’ll see. It remains to be seen. You never know in our league.”
Still working as a TV and radio analyst for ESPN, Carlesimo returned to Barclays Center for All-Star weekend and told the Daily News he harbors no ill-will toward the franchise that cut his opportunity very short. “When you win there and you like the players, it’s wrong if you get away and you start rooting against the guys who won for you,” he said.
“I would love to coach again but I don’t know if it’s going to happen,” he said. “I had really hoped that year was going to get me back in the mix a little bit. We’ll see. It remains to be seen. You never know in our league.”
06 Jul 13