Early start for Carlesimo

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The Raptors will make the hiring of P.J. Carlesimo as an assistant coach official Thursday but the veteran was already in the practice gym Tuesday as the team worked out a cadre of players.

Carlesimo took in the proceedings with head coach Jay Triano, the other assistants, president/general manager Bryan Colangelo and the rest of the Raptors front office.

The 61-year-old Carlesimo brings a wealth of experience and a bit of sandpaper to Triano's existing staff.

The excellent colour analyst also will liven up the halftime interviews, much like former Toronto assistant Jim Todd.


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