SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics have officially announced
the hiring of P.J. Carlesimo as their new coach.
It comes comes eight years after Carlesimo was fired from his last
head coaching job and ends Seattle's coaching search that lasted
more than two months.
Carlesimo spent the past five years as an assistant in San
Antonio. He replaces Bob Hill, who was fired on April 24th after
the Sonics struggled to a 31-and-51 record in his only full season
on their bench.
Carlesimo previously coached the Portland Trail Blazers and the
Golden State Warriors.
Carlesimo takes over a young team in the middle of a roster
overhaul orchestrated by 30-year-old general manager Sam Presti. In
the past week, the Sonics traded seven-time All-Star Ray Allen to
Boston on draft night, and free agent Rashard Lewis agreed to sign
with the Orlando Magic, erasing Seattle's top two scorers from its
Carlesimo will oversee the development of highly-touted
first-round draft picks Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.