Peter John Carlesimo (born May 30, 1949) is an American basketball coach, who coached in both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and college basketball for nearly 40 years. He is also a television broadcaster, having worked with ESPN, The NBA on TNT, Westwood One, Fox Sports Southwest, Pac-12 Network, The NBA on NBC and CSN New England.
Carlesimo served as head coach of four different NBA teams, and was named Seton Hall University's "Coach of the Century." He was an assistant coach for the United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team") that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He was also an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs team that won three championships between 2003 and 2007.
|P. J. Carlesimo|
|Born||May 30, 1949|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Scranton Prep (Scranton, Pennsylvania)|
|1975–1976||New Hampshire College|
|1994–1997||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1997–1999||Golden State Warriors|
|2002–2007||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|2007–2009||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2010–2011||Toronto Raptors (assistant)|
|2011–2012||New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets (assistant)|
|2012–2013||Brooklyn Nets (interim)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As head coach:
As assistant coach:
Carlesimo is married and has two sons.
Carlesimo is a 1971 graduate of Fordham University, where he played basketball under coach Digger Phelps. He began his coaching career as an assistant at the school after he graduated. He received his first head coaching job when he took over New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) 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. 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. In addition, Carlesimo spent time coaching in Puerto Rico during the summers.
Carlesimo coached Seton Hall University from 1982–1994, leading the turnaround of a struggling program. The Pirates made their first ever NCAA tournament in 1988, and Carlesimo was named the Big East Conference coach of the year.
In 1989, Carlesimo led the Pirates to their first-ever Final Four appearance following a 78–65 upset over the #2 seed Indiana Hoosiers coached by Bobby Knight. They advanced to the NCAA Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines, but lost in overtime 80–79. Carlesimo was again named Big East coach of the year, following the 1989 season.
During Carlesimo's tenure, the Pirates made the NCAA tournament six times, four consecutively from 1991 until 1994. After going 6–23 his first season, he turned the team into a consistent title contender and eventual tournament runner-up and number one seed. Compiling an overall record of 212–166, he was named Seton Hall's "Coach of the Century."
Carlesimo was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski with the U.S. national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal. He also served as an assistant coach on the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team", winning the gold medal.
On June 23, 1994, Carlesimo was hired as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Midway into his first season with the team, the team traded long-time Blazer Clyde Drexler in an effort to rebuild. However instead of falling in the standings, Carlesimo led the team to a winning record and the playoffs in his first season as an NBA head coach. He led the Blazers to the playoffs in each of his three years as their head coach, but 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 succeeding Rick Adelman as head coach (Adelman had previously coached the Trail Blazers prior to Carlesimo's hiring). 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.
In a practice during the 1997–98 season while Carlesimo was head coach of the Warriors, Carlesimo was attacked by Latrell Sprewell. Sprewell choked Carlesimo for nearly 15 seconds until being pulled off by several teammates, and elbowed him several minutes later. The Warriors terminated Sprewell's contract, and the NBA suspended him for one year (later reduced to 68 games by an arbitrator); he never played for the Warriors again and continued to have troubles on and off the court.
After leaving the Warriors, Carlesimo worked as a broadcaster and analyst with The NBA on TNT until being hired as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich in 2002. He worked with the Spurs until 2007, winning three championships in five seasons (2003, 2005 and 2007).
Spurs GM Sam Presti was hired as general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics following the 2007 championship, and hired Carlesimo as their head coach on July 5, 2007. The team broke up their core of Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Delonte West and Wally Sczerbiak, essentially guaranteeing Carlesimo limited success for his first season. That season, their second overall pick Kevin Durant was named NBA Rookie of the Year.
The Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City a year later, where they become the Oklahoma City Thunder, making him the first coach in Thunder history. Carlesimo was fired on November 22, 2008 by the Thunder after a 1–12 start. During his time with the Sonics and Thunder, he coached the USA select basketball team that scrimmaged the national team in preparation of the 2007 FIBA tournament and 2008 Summer Olympics. The team included Kevin Durant and Jeff Green of the Thunder.
On May 31, 2010, Carlesimo had reached an agreement to join the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach under Jay Triano. After one season with the Raptors, he was hired as an assistant coach by the New Jersey Nets (later known as the Brooklyn Nets).
On December 27, 2012, he was promoted to interim head coach of the Nets after the firing of Avery Johnson. Carlesimo took a team floundering at 14–14, and compiled 35–19 record for a fourth-place finish in the East, earning home-court advantage for the Nets in the first round. On May 5, 2013, Nets GM Billy King announced Carlesimo would not be retained as head coach after the team lost in their first round series against the Chicago Bulls in 7 games.
|Seton Hall Pirates (Big East Conference) (1982–1994)|
|1986–87||Seton Hall||15–14||4–12||7th||NIT First Round|
|1987–88||Seton Hall||22–13||8–8||6th||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1988–89||Seton Hall||31–7||11–5||2nd||NCAA Division I Runner-up|
|1990–91||Seton Hall||25–9||9–7||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|1991–92||Seton Hall||23–9||12–6||T–1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1992–93||Seton Hall||28–7||14–4||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1993–94||Seton Hall||17–13||8–10||7th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Seton Hall:||212–166 (.561)||72–109 (.398)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
The 1987–88 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University during the 1987–88 NCAA men's college basketball season. The Pirates were led by sixth year head coach P.J. Carlesimo.1988–89 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
The 1988–89 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University as members of the Big East Conference during the 1988–89 NCAA men's basketball season. The Pirates were led by seventh year head coach P.J. Carlesimo. They played their home games at Walsh Gymnasium and Meadowlands Arena. Unranked to start the season, Seton Hall finished the season as national runner-up with a 31–7 overall record (11–5 in Big East play). As the No. 3 seed in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament, they defeated Southwest Missouri State, Evansville, Indiana, and UNLV to reach the Final Four. In the National Semifinals, the Pirates dispatched Duke 95-78. The magical tournament run ended with an 80-79 overtime loss to Michigan in the National Championship Game.1990–91 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
The 1990–91 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University during the 1990–91 NCAA men's college basketball season. The Pirates were led by ninth year head coach P.J. Carlesimo.1991–92 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
The 1991–92 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University during the 1991–92 NCAA men's college basketball season. The Pirates were led by tenth year head coach P.J. Carlesimo.1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team
The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", was the first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team has been described by American and international journalists as the greatest sports team ever assembled. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame called the team "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet". At the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the team defeated its opponents by an average of 44 points en route to the gold medal against Croatia. Chuck Daly served as coach, assisted by Lenny Wilkens, P. J. Carlesimo, and Mike Krzyzewski.1992–93 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
The 1992–93 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University during the 1992–93 NCAA men's college basketball season. The Pirates were led by eleventh year head coach P.J. Carlesimo.1994–95 Portland Trail Blazers season
The 1994–95 NBA season was the 25th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. The Blazers 25th season was marked by change as they played their final season at the Memorial Coliseum with new head coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Blazers started their season defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in their first two games, which were played in Yokohama, Japan. Clyde Drexler averaged 22.0 points per game in the first half of the season, but was not selected for the All-Star Game. On February 14, with the Blazers out of serious contention for the championship, the team honored Drexler's request to be traded to a contender, sending him to the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Otis Thorpe. The Rockets went on to win their second straight title, and Drexler's first ever championship.
The Blazers finished the season with a 44–38 record, fourth in the Pacific Division and seventh in the Western Conference. It was their 13th straight trip to the postseason. In the playoffs, the Blazers were swept in the first round by a 0–3 margin against the Phoenix Suns. Following the season, Thorpe was traded to the Detroit Pistons, Terry Porter signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Jerome Kersey left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.1997–98 Golden State Warriors season
The 1997–98 NBA season was the Warriors' 52nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 36th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors got a new logo, new uniforms, and moved into their new arena known as The Arena in Oakland. During the offseason, the Warriors acquired second-year center Erick Dampier from the Indiana Pacers, and Brian Shaw from the Orlando Magic. Early into the season, they traded B.J. Armstrong to the Charlotte Hornets for Muggsy Bogues and Tony Delk. However, the Warriors struggled losing 13 of their first 14 games of the season. Things would get worse in December as Latrell Sprewell choked new head coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice, and was suspended for the remainder of the season, which was 68 games. Without Sprewell, the Warriors then suffered a 14-game losing streak as the season progressed.
Midway through the season, the team traded Shaw along with Joe Smith to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jim Jackson and Clarence Weatherspoon, while acquiring Jason Caffey from the Chicago Bulls. The Warriors finished sixth in the Pacific Division with an awful 19–63 record. Following the season, Sprewell was traded to the New York Knicks, Jackson signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Weatherspoon signed with the Miami Heat.
The Warriors new uniforms lasted until 2002, while the logo remained in use until 2010.Dan Hurley
Daniel S. Hurley (born January 16, 1973) is an American basketball coach who currently coaches University of Connecticut men's basketball team. Hurley was named head coach of the Huskies on March 22, 2018, after six years at the University of Rhode Island and two years at Wagner College. Hurley turned down an aggressive long-term offer from Rhode Island in order to lead UConn. Prior to Wagner, Hurley was head coach of Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, where he is credited with building the New Jersey school into one of the top high school basketball programs in America.
Hurley played five years of college basketball, including a redshirt year, at Seton Hall. During his first three seasons, his head coach was P. J. Carlesimo.
Hurley is the youngest son of Hall of Fame high school coach Bob Hurley. His brother Bobby Hurley is a former Sacramento Kings guard and the current basketball head coach at Arizona State University. From 2010 to 2013, Bobby was one of Dan's assistant coaches at both Rhode Island and Wagner.Garry St. Jean
Garry St. Jean (born February 10, 1950 in Chicopee, Massachusetts) is an American former professional basketball coach and executive. St. Jean was head coach of the Sacramento Kings from 1992 through 1997. He later became the general manager of the Golden State Warriors, and in 1999–2000 he doubled as a head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired. St. Jean was a pro scout for the New Jersey Nets in the 2010–11 season. He has been an in-studio analyst for Golden State Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area since the start of the 2011-2012 season.Hoddy Mahon
Horace J. "Hoddy" Mahon (January 17, 1932 – November 25, 2011) was the head coach of the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team during the 1981-82 season. He succeeded Bill Raftery and preceded P. J. Carlesimo. He was a longtime assistant coach for the Pirates and was hired to replace Raftery, who left to pursue his communications career. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
Preceding his tenure at Seton Hall, he was a very successful New Jersey high school coach at Orange High School and at Essex Catholic High School. He brought both schools to the state finals. He won the Essex county and state championships while at Orange. Mahon's college coaching career began at Fordham University as an assistant to Hal Whistle, where he helped recruit players Ken Charles and Charlie Yelverton for the Rams.
After Fordham, he joined Raftery at Seton Hall as an assistant for 12 years. While head coach, he knocked off the University of Houston and Phi Slama Jama in a huge upset and started the season with a 9–1 record. Then, two starters and one bench player who played large minutes were declared academically ineligible for the Pirates' second half of the season. Despite this, Mahon finished with a respectable season. However, even after doing this, Mahon was not hired by the university at the end of the season. In the end, Seton Hall decided to hire the younger, more energetic P. J. Carlesimo instead of the older, more conservative Mahon. This effectively ended Mahon's tenure at Seton Hall and he later took the reins at both William Paterson University and Upsala University, both of which are New Jersey schools. At both institutions he recorded winning records. His grandson JP Mahon of Red Bank Catholic High School led the Shore Conference in assists during the 2012 - 2013 basketball season.
He died at his Allenhurst, New Jersey home in 2011.Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is a former American professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During his time as a professional, Sprewell was named to the yearly NBA All-Star game four times; he also helped the Knicks reach the NBA Finals and the Timberwolves the Western Conference finals. Despite his accomplishments, his career was overshadowed by a 1997 incident in which he choked coach P. J. Carlesimo during a practice, which ultimately resulted in a 68-game suspension.
Sprewell's career came to an unexpected end in 2005 when he refused a $21-million three-year contract offer from the Timberwolves, which Sprewell implied would not be enough to feed his children. He was never offered another contract by any NBA team, and never played in the league again. Since that time, he has made headlines for grounding his million-dollar yacht and subsequently having it repossessed for missed payments, having two of his homes foreclosed upon, and being prohibited from seeing his children.List of Brooklyn Nets head coaches
The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in Brooklyn, New York. They are a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team plays its home games at the Barclays Center. The franchise was founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967, and was one of the eleven original American Basketball Association (ABA) teams. In its second ABA season, Arthur Brown, the team owner, moved the team to Long Island and renamed it the New York Nets. The team won ABA championships in 1974 and 1976. When the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, the Nets were one of four ABA teams admitted into the NBA. The team was moved to the Rutgers Athletic Center in New Jersey; after the 1976–77 NBA season, the team was renamed the New Jersey Nets. Since they joined the NBA, the Nets have won 4 divisional championships, 2 conference championships and appeared in the playoffs 16 times. The Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012, and now play as the Brooklyn Nets.
There have been 23 head coaches for the Nets franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Max Zaslofsky, who led the team for two seasons. Kevin Loughery is the only Nets coach to have led the team to a championship; the Nets won ABA championships in 1974 and 1976 during his tenure. Loughery is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (615) and wins (297); P. J. Carlesimo is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.648). Byron Scott is the franchise's all-time leader in playoff games coached (40) and wins (25), as well as playoff-game winning percentage (.625). Chuck Daly and Bill Fitch were selected as two of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Daly, Brown and Lou Carnesecca are the only Nets coaches to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches. Zaslofsky, York Larese, Lou Carnesecca, Dave Wohl, Butch Beard, John Calipari, Tom Barrise, and Kiki Vandeweghe spent their entire coaching careers with the Nets/Americans.List of NBA All-Star Game broadcasters
The following is a list of American television and radio networks and announcers that have nationally broadcast the NBA All-Star Games throughout the years.List of Oklahoma City Thunder head coaches
The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was known as the Seattle SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008. The team plays its home games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. As of October 2008, the Thunder is currently owned by Professional Basketball Club LLC and coached by Billy Donovan, with Sam Presti as its general manager. The team was formed in 1967. After spending 41 seasons in Seattle, Washington, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City. Owner Clay Bennett, who purchased the team in 2006, sought to get public funding for a new arena in Seattle, or a major renovation of the KeyArena in 2007. After failing to do so, he decided to move the team to Oklahoma City. Seattle sued Bennett's group to enforce the lease that required the team to stay until 2010. The two sides reached a $45 million settlement to pay off the team's lease with KeyArena in July 2008.There have been 16 head coaches for the Thunder franchise. The franchise won its only NBA championship in the 1979 NBA Finals while coached by Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens is the only member of the franchise to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. He is also the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached, regular-season games won, playoff games coached, and playoff games won. Wilkens, Paul Westphal, Nate McMillan and Bob Weiss formerly played for the team in Seattle. Former head coach Scott Brooks is the only coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the franchise.List of Portland Trail Blazers head coaches
The Portland Trail Blazers are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise entered the NBA in 1970. The Trail Blazers sold out 814 consecutive home games from 1977 through 1995, the longest such streak in American professional sports. The team has played their home games at the Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden) since the 1995–96 NBA season. The Trail Blazers are owned by Paul Allen, and Neil Olshey is their general manager.There have been 14 head coaches for the Trail Blazers franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Rolland Todd, who coached for two seasons. Jack Ramsay is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (820), and the most regular season game wins (453). Rick Adelman is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.654), playoff games coached (69), and most playoff game wins (36). Ramsay is the only coach to win an NBA championship with the Trail Blazers, in the 1977 NBA Finals. Ramsay and Lenny Wilkens are the only Trail Blazers coaches to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and were both named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, in 1986–87 and 1998–99 respectively, with the Trail Blazers. Todd, Stu Inman, Jack McCloskey, Kevin Pritchard, and Kaleb Canales have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Trail Blazers. Canales was named interim coach of the Trail Blazers toward the end of the 2011–12 season. Terry Stotts was named as head coach on August 7, 2012. The announcement was made by General Manager Neil Olshey. At this time, his NBA coaching record was 115-168.NBA Showtime
NBA Showtime is the pregame show aired before each NBA on NBC telecast. The program, a half-hour in length, began during the 1990–91 NBA season, and was initially hosted by Bob Costas. Costas left in the mid-1990s, and became lead play-by-play voice of The NBA on NBC in 1997. Hannah Storm replaced Costas and hosted Showtime until Ahmad Rashād replaced her as host of the pregame show when Storm went on maternity leave in 2001. Storm returned in 2002 which meant that her and Rashad would alternate as hosts throughout the season. NBC kept the title of Showtime prior to the 2000–01 NBA season.
Showtime analysts included:
Quinn Buckner 1991–1993
P. J. Carlesimo 2000–2001
Pat Croce 2001–2002
Julius Erving 1993–1997
Mike Fratello 2001–2002
Kevin Johnson 2000–2001
Pat Riley 1990–1991
John Salley 1997–1998
Isiah Thomas 1998–2000
Tom Tolbert 2002
Peter Vecsey 1990–2001
Jayson Williams 2001–2002Midway Games created an NBA Showtime arcade game in 1999. The game was an update to the NBA Jam series, and used the same opening music and presentation style as the television show.NBA on ESPN Radio
The NBA on ESPN Radio is a broadcast of National Basketball Association games on the ESPN Radio network. The program began on January 21, 1996 and the current contract runs through the 2025–26 season.Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball
The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
|Portland||1994–95||82||44||38||.537||4th in Pacific||3||0||3||.000||Lost in First Round|
|Portland||1995–96||82||44||38||.537||3rd in Pacific||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|Portland||1996–97||82||49||33||.598||3rd in Pacific||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Golden State||1997–98||82||19||63||.232||6th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Golden State||1998–99||50||21||29||.420||6th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Seattle||2007–08||82||20||62||.244||5th in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Brooklyn||2012–13||54||35||19||.648||2nd in Atlantic||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|