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Carlesimo inherits young, talented, overhauled Sonics

Updated: July 6, 2007, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Kevin Durant is the cornerstone of the Seattle SuperSonics' future. P.J. Carlesimo gets the first opportunity to teach Durant the ways of the NBA.

The Sonics concluded their two-month search on Thursday when they hired Carlesimo as their coach, eight years after he was fired from his last head coaching job. After spending the last five years as an assistant with San Antonio, Carlesimo will take charge of a young team still in the throes of a roster overhaul.

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