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
TULSA, Okla. – Behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Johnathan Motley, third-seeded Baylor defeated No. 11-seed USC 82-78 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. USC was seeking to become the fourth… Read More »
TULSA, OK – In a battle of perennial college basketball heavyweights, Kansas came out on top with a 90-70 win against Michigan State to advance to a Sweet 16 date with Purdue. Josh Jackson scored 23 points for the Jayhawks. Craig Way and P.J. Carlesimo called the action on Westwood… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Top-seeded Kansas and ninth-seeded Michigan State get set to tip Sunday evening off in Tulsa at 5:15 PM Eastern. A contrast in experience will be on display, as the Spartans have had to rely mostly on freshmen this season, while the Jayhawks have been able to depend on their veteran… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Tom Izzo’s no stranger to getting his team ready for March Madness, and that preparation showed as his ninth-seeded Spartans easily handled the eighth-seeded Miami Hurricanes to advance to the second round. Nick Ward led Michigan State with 19 points, while Ja’Quan Newton had 16 for the… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Midwest Regional top-seed Kansas eased into their 2017 tournament with a comfortable 100-62 win against UC-Davis. Frank Mason III had 22 points in the win, while Chima Moneke had 20 points for the 16th-seeded Aggies. Craig Way and P.J. Carlesimo called the action on Westwood One Sports. Read More »
TULSA, OK – The “Comeback Kids” did it again–erasing a double-digit deficit to take their first lead with 2:10 to play–as USC knocked off SMU 66-65 in a First Round thriller. Junior guard Elijah Stewart led the Trojans with 22 points, while Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatright chipped in 14 apiece… Read More »
TULSA, OK – 14th-seeded New Mexico State put their game on upset watch at the half, but Baylor was able to lock down their defense in the second half and advance to the second round with a 91-73 win. Terry Maston scored 19 for the winning Bears, while Ian Baker… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo might be bringing his least experienced team of his career into this year’s NCAA Tournament. But it’s clear the legendary coach still enjoys teaching the fundamentals to his developing players, and he’s viewing his current squad as a new opportunity. PJ Carlesimo… Read More »