Blog Entry

Pete "Coachie" Carill back on the scene

Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:27 am
While watching Sacramento triumph over Dallas, I saw "Coachie" is the sidelines. Who is Coachie? He is Pete Carill, the 78 year old legendary Princeton coach that gave "Princeton Offense" it's name. He taught Eddie Jordan how to successfully coach a Princeton-style offense, who later taught it to Byron Scott, who used that offense to help carry the New Jersey Nets to the Finals, and he also helped Rick Adelman implement the system that exacerbated the early 2000's Kings' strengths to levels never achieved before. Now the importance of having Coachie on the sidelines is because he is not only a mastermind, but he is also great at developing youth, especially big men. He helped develop Hedo Turkoglu when he first came to the league, he developed Kevin Martin to become the player he is today, as well as helping refine many players on the teams he helped coach.

The importance of Coachie was felt the other day against the Mavericks, as the Kings' offfense was much more efficient than before, based more on cuts, sharing the ball, and just basic basketball in general, like it was when he was here before. I look for Pete Carill to help Spencer Hawes, Donte Greene, Bobby Brown, and Jason Thompson to become smarter and more fundamentally sound players, and I also look for him again teach the NBA why sharing the ball and offensive systems make the difference.

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