May 14, 1997
He didn't say no. He didn't say yes. He didn't even say maybe. P.J.
Carlesimo would talk about Jermaine O'Neal, the Portland coaching
situation, or even, dare we say it, the Celtics.
But he refused to comment yesterday about a report in the New York Post that Rick Pitino has offered him the general manager's job with the Celtics.
anything like that happens, it will have to come from Boston," said the
otherwise engaging Carlesimo, who was recently dismissed after leading
Portland to the playoffs for three straight years. "I don't like to
dignify rumors and I won't comment on them. I'm not going to say
Later on TNT in Atlanta, where
he is doing a three-night stint as a playoff commentator, Carlesimo
said, "Rick hasn't talked to me, but as usual in the NBA, that hasn't
stopped the rumor mill."
Carlesimo added that he would love to work with his good pal Pitino, "but that's for him to say, not me."
who turns 48 in 16 days, told the Globe he plans to return to Portland
tomorrow. Beyond that, he had no comment. He doesn't need the work; the
Blazers owe him more than $ 3 million for the final two years of his
The Post story said only that an
offer had been made and indicated that Carlesimo, who still likes to
coach, might not even be interested. Pitino
has said he wants to hire a general manager who would serve as an
all-purpose contract negotiator, salary capologist, agent baiter, and
talent spotter who had NBA contacts.
through the team's public relations department, said he may not be
available to comment for a couple of days. (The team's official answer
to the Carlesimo rumor: "No comment"). The coach has plenty to do before
Sunday, when he lounges in front of a television to see where the
Celtics pick in the June draft.
is a coach, and with the escalating salary structure in the NBA, he
might want to keep his name available for vacancies in Denver, Golden
State, Vancouver, and possibly Orlando, Detroit, or either team in Los
Angeles. His only NBA frame of reference is his three-year stint with
the Blazers and his job as an assistant coach on the first Dream Team in
Before coaching the Blazers,
Carlesimo coached for 19 years in college, starting with New Hampshire
College (first in the Mayflower Conference) in 1975-76 and continuing to
Wagner (six years) and Seton Hall (12 years).
It's Carr's lot
M.L. Carr will be in Secaucus, N.J., Sunday. The former director of
basketball operations and coach will be the Celtics' lottery
representative. He will be joined by Jeff Twiss, the team's director of
public relations . . . Hiring a general manager is not Pitino's
only task. He still has to take care of selling his home in Kentucky
and purchasing a home here. In the meantime, he and his staff will
continue to look at college players. Word is that the Celtics will be
bringing University of Michigan forward Maurice Taylor to town for a
workout . . . A week before they fired several full-time employees, the
Celtics fired their interns.