P.J. Gets Second Gasp In Seattle


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P.J. Carlesimo, who attended [Fordham University] here in the city and once put the tiny, Staten Island-based [Wagner College](2. http://www.wagner.edu/) on the basketball map, [was hired yesterday](http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2926939) as the new head coach of the Seattle Supersonics. Rather than being known as Wagner’s claim-to-fame, however, Carlesimo is more infamously remembered as the coach that Latrell “I’m-Fucking-Crazy” Sprewell [choked](http://espn.go.com/classic/s/add_sprewell_latrell.html) during a 1997 practice. His reward? Three years of toiling on the abyss of the Golden State Warriors’ bench, and then eight more years without receiving another coaching opportunity. But finally, after [winning three championships](http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=270614005) as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs, Carlesimo has been hired to foster the talents of [rookie sensation Kevin Durant](6. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2007/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&page=sheridandraft) and [save the Supersonics](http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13921433/) from extinction. It sounds like a tall task, but everything, even the impossible, seems a little peachier after you’ve survived an attempted murder by one of your players.


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