P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo is a college basketball analyst for Westwood One and has covered the NCAA Tournament for the network since 2009. He served as an analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games and returns in the same capacity for Rio 2016.

Carlesimo served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball for the gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1990 World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Carlesimo also covers the NBA extensively for ESPN and ESPN Radio. He served as an NBA head coach in Portland (1994-97), Golden State (1996-2000), Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-09) and Brooklyn (2012-13). He was also an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (2010-11) and the San Antonio Spurs (2002-2007).

Carlesimo began his coaching career as an assistant at Fordham University in 1971, before being named head coach at New Hampshire College for one season (1975-76). He then spent six seasons(1976-82) as the head coach at Wagner College, and led the Seahawks to their first NIT appearance. In 1982, Carlesimo was named head coach at Seton Hall University, a position he held for 12 years. In 1987-88, he guided Seton Hall into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven years. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1989 after registering a 31-7 mark, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game. In addition, he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

Between coaching stints, Carlesimo was also an NBA broadcaster for NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television.

P.J. Carlesimo's Posts

Sweet 16 Highlights: Fox, Kentucky top UCLA 86-75

25 March 2017 Comments are off for this post.
MEMPHIS, TN – De’Aaron Fox scored 39 points – an individual high in this year’s tournament – as Kentucky defeated UCLA 86-75 to advance to the Elite Eight. The victory sets up a rematch of a game earlier this season, when Kentucky defeated North Carolina 103-100 in Las Vegas. Gary…
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Sweet 16 Highlights: UNC shooting rampage leads Heels past Butler, 92-80

24 March 2017 Comments are off for this post.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Top-seeded North Carolina shot 54 percent from the floor and buried 8-of-17 3-pointers in the first half to shoot its way past No. 4-seed Butler, 92-80, in regional final action from Memphis. Joel Barry scored 26 points and Justin Jackson had 24 to pace the Tar Heels…
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Interview: UCLA’s Steve Alford on big-program expectations, coaching his son

24 March 2017 Comments are off for this post.
MEMPHIS, TN – With rumors and speculation about the future of Steve Alford buzzing around this week, the UCLA head coach is doing his best to ignore all of the distractions and instead focus on his third-seeded Bruins’ challenge at-hand: a huge Sweet Sixteen matchup with second-seeded Kentucky. Above everything else, Alford…
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Memphis Preview: Butler & the Blue-bloods set to perform in “Blues City”

24 March 2017 Comments are off for this post.
MEMPHIS, TN – Top-seeded North Carolina faces a stiff test in fourth-seeded Butler, when the Tar Heels and Bulldogs get set to tip off Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen action at 7:09 PM Eastern. Closing out the East Region double-bill, second-seeded Kentucky will look to avenge their December 3rd home defeat when they…
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