Reports that Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril is returning to the NBA as a consultant to the Sacramento Kings at age 78 didn’t phase his former pupil John Thompson III in the slightest.
“Coach Carril sees the game better than most people on this Earth,” Thompson said in a recent interview. “And he understands the game. Seventy-eight has nothing to do with it.”
Carril compiled a 514-263 record during his 28 seasons as Princeton’s coach (1967-68 through 1995-96) and led his players to 13 Ivy League titles and 11 NCAA tournament appearances.
Thompson, who played for Carril before graduating from Princeton in 1988, said his former coach remains a “tremendous resource” for him, as well.
Carril served as an assistant to the Kings for 10 years following his retirement from college coaching. Princeton plans to rename its Jadwin Gymnasium game floor “Carril Court” in his honor during a ceremony on Feb. 21.
January 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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