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Carril to Coach Kings in NBA Summer League

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Basketball Hall of Famer Pete Carril, who led Princeton to 514 wins in his tenure as coach, will coach the Sacramento Kings summer league team in Las Vegas later this month.

The Las Vegas summer league will run from July 10-19 and will feature current players, draft picks and other invitees from 21 NBA teams and a Developmental League entry. Sacramento's entry will play five games at the event, and a list of players on the Kings' team can be found here.

Carril's connection to the Kings stems from Geoff Petrie '70, the Kings Director of Basketball Operations who played on Carril's early teams. Carril worked as an assistant coach for the Kings after his retirement from Princeton in 1996 until 2006 before rejoining the team as a consultant during the 2008-09 season.

The former Princeton mentor's innovation, known across the basketball world as the "Princeton offense," has a local connection in new Philadelphia 76ers head coach Eddie Jordan, who was a fellow assistant coach with Carril during Carril's first tenure in Sacramento. Carril also worked with Jordan when Carril was a consultant with the Washington Wizards after his time with Sacramento when Jordan was Washington's head coach. An article discussing the connection between the two can be found here, along with a video clip of Jordan demonstrating some of the basic principles of the offense.