SEATTLE (AP) -P.J. Carlesimo was hired Thursday as the new coach of the SuperSonics, eight years after being fired from his last head coaching job and ending Seattle's search that lasted more than two months.
Carlesimo, who spent the past five years as an assistant in San Antonio, replaces Bob Hill, who was fired on April 24 after Seattle struggled to a 31-51 record in Hill's only full season leading the Sonics. Carlesimo previously coached the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors.
tle's top two scorers from its lineup.
Carlesimo will oversee the growth and development of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, two of the first five picks from last week's draft. Seattle selected Durant with the No. 2 pick, then got the rights to Green, the No. 5 selection, in the trade of Allen.
Seattle was the last team in the NBA without a coach.
``He has deep experience in the college and pro game and will immediately instill a highly disciplined, defensive mentality with players that play intelligently and play together,'' Sonics' majority owner Clay Bennett said.

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 509 Boston Celtics  76%
#2 508 Utah Jazz  53%
#3 512 Atlanta Hawks  53%

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Clippers vs. Jazz Game 6 Pick Will the Utah Jazz finish off their series with the Los Angeles Clippers when the two meet in Game 6 of their...
Thumbnail Celtics vs. Bulls Game 6 Pick Can the Boston Celtics win a fourth straight and finish the Chicago Bulls when they meet in Game 6 tonight at...
Thumbnail Wizards vs. Hawks Game 6 Pick Can the Atlanta Hawks force a Game 7 with the Washington Wizards when the two meet tonight in Game 6 at 7:30PM...
Thumbnail Spurs vs. Grizzlies Game 6 Pick Will the San Antonio Spurs go on the road and finish off the Memphis Grizzlies when the two meet in Game 6...
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Bucks Game 6 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors close out the Milwaukee Bucks when the two meet in Game 6 of their NBA Playoffs series today at 7PM...

NBA Team Pages