P. J. Carlesimo
|P. J. Carlesimo|
May 30, 1949 |
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
New Hampshire University
Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
Golden State Warriors (NBA)
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) (assistant)
Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
Toronto Raptors (NBA) (assistant)
Brooklyn Nets (NBA) (assistant)
Brooklyn Nets (NBA) (head coach)
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||277-259 (NCAA collegiate record)
239-315 (NBA record)
Peter John "P. J." Carlesimo (born May 30, 1949) is an American basketball coach. Most recently he was the interim head coach of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. He has also been an NBA and college basketball head coach, as well as a television broadcaster. Carlesimo was hired to cover NBA games for The NBA on TNT during the 2009 playoffs, and has also covered the 2010 NCAA tournament as a color analyst for Westwood One.
Personal life 
Carlesimo is married and has two sons.
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. 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 the Puerto Rico during the summers.
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, four consecutively from 1991 until 1994.
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.
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. Carlesimo led the Blazers to the playoffs in each of his three years as their head coach. 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 relocated to Oklahoma City a year later, where they become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Carlesimo was fired on November 22, 2008 by the Thunder after a 1–12 start.
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 and a fourth-place finish in the East, earning home-court advantage for the Nets in the first round. On May 5, 2013, he was fired as interim head coach of the Nets after losing a first round Eastern Conference series against the Chicago Bulls in 7 games. 
Latrell Sprewell choking incident 
In a practice during the 1997-98 season while Carlesimo was head coach of the Golden State 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.
NBA coaching record 
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|POR||1994–95||82||44||38||.537||4th in Pacific||3||0||3||.000||Lost in First Round|
|POR||1995–96||82||44||38||.537||3rd in Pacific||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|POR||1996–97||82||49||33||.598||3rd in Pacific||4||1||3||.250||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|
|SEA||2007–08||82||20||62||.244||5th in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|BKN||2012–13||54||35||19||.648||2nd in Atlantic||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
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- "Men's Basketball Program History; Southern New Hampshire University". snhu.edu. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
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- P.J. Carlesimo returns as a NBA head coach, ready to mentor Seattle's young stars
- "1990 USA Basketball". usabasketball.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- "Report: Thunder fire Carlesimo". NBA.com. November 22, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- "P.J. Carlesimo". espn.com. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "NETS Announce 2011-12 Coaching Staff". NBA.com. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- "Nets fire coach Avery Johnson". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Brooklyn fires coach P.J. Carlesimo". ESPN. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Report: Sonics set to make Spurs assistant Carlesimo coach". CBSSports.com. July 3, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- Puma, Mike. "Sprewell's Image Remains in a Chokehold". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010.