By Jose Grijalva, Project Spurs.com
Former San Antonio Spurs assistant P.J. Carlesimo is still remembered fondly by Spurs fans after his departure from the team in 2007. Carlesimo was hired that offseason by then Seattle Sonics but only lasted a year as he was dismissed in 2008. He worked as an analyst for ESPN and gave points of views from a coaching standpoint for their programs. He was an assistant head coach for the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets.
After Avery Johnson's firing, Carlesimo was promoted for the head coaching job. It was a bitter sweet moment for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who's friends with both men. Johnson was Popovich's point guard and helped San Antonio capture its first NBA title in 1999 and Carlisemo joined the Spurs in 2002 and also helped the Spurs win a few more titles.
Pop has a history with both men, so you could understand how he felt when he had to talk to both men after Johnson's firing.
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