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Carlesimo joins Raptors' coaching staff

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors have hired veteran NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo as an assistant.

Carlesimo joins assistants Alex English, Marc Iavaroni, Micah Nori, Eric Hughes and Alvin Williams on coach Jay Triano's staff with the Raptors.

Carlesimo was fired by Oklahoma City on Nov. 22, 2008, after the Thunder started 1-12 in their first season since the franchise moved from Seattle. He spent three years with Portland from 1994-97, leading the Trail Blazers to the playoffs each season, and then coached Golden State from 1997-2000.

Carlesimo was also an assistant with San Antonio from 2002-07 when the Spurs won three NBA titles. Prior to joining the NBA, he was the head coach at Seton Hall for 12 seasons.