Neither Seton Hall nor the Portland Trail Blazers are commenting on published reports that P. J. Carlesimo is going to jump from the college ranks to become the team's new coach, and Carlesimo has made himself unavailable for comment.
But Chuck Daly, who had Carlesimo as an assistant on the U.S. team at the 1992 Olympics, yesterday said that Carlesimo had spoken with him recently about coaching in the pros.
"I wouldn't want to divulge any parts of our conversation," Daly said by telephone from Houston. "But based on what I've read, there seems to be some inclination. How far along it is, I don't know."
According to several published and broadcast reports, Carlesimo would receive a five-year, $1.5 million-a-year deal, which apparently would make him the highest-paid coach in the NBA.