PJ Carlesimo Rumors
The SuperSonics hired San Antonio assistant P.J. Carlesimo as head coach after the team selected Durant, and he was somewhat familiar with his young star because Texas games were among the few college basketball contests he watched. Carlesimo later spoke with Barnes, who raved about what made Durant a quality person and player – traits that were quickly confirmed. “First practice after you worked with him, you didn’t have to be real perceptive to understand what a special talent he was,” Carlesimo said. “I know a number of times we’d come back, after a game or we’d be scouting or whatever, if I was in my office and heard a ball bouncing at night, it was usually Kevin. … He works at his game. He’s always had great pride in it and he’s always been highly motivated, not to be good, to be the best.”
Officially, Lopez has played for Nets coaches Lawrence Frank, Avery Johnson, Lionel Hollins and Kidd, as well as interim coaches Tom Barrise, Kiki Vandeweghe, P.J. Carlesimo and Tony Brown. Asked recently to go through his mental Rolodex of coaches, Lopez struggled. “L-Frank,” he began, attempting to name them sequentially. “T.B., Kiki, Avery, J-Kidd… No?”
“You work so hard and you are right there. I still think about it. … Getting a championship is something you dream about as a kid. To get so close, you never get over it.” That said, Sprewell affirmed he had “no regrets” about an NBA career that included choking then-Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and breaking his hand in an offseason incident prior to his final season with the Knicks.
Jessica Camerato: Brett Brown on PJ Carlesimo: “He was a natural fit for me. For family reasons, he just couldn’t do it.” #Sixers
Marc Stein: Coaching sources say veteran coach P.J. Carlesimo, despite strong mutual interest, will not be joining Brett Brown’s staff in Philadelphia. But for family reasons, sources say, Carlesimo has decided he can’t join the Sixers at this time and intends to stay in TV/radio with ESPN.