Bill Cartwright is Named Head Coach of the Osaka Evessa

Courtesy of The Japan Times‘ Ed Odeven:

He began his pro career under legendary New York Knicks coach Red Holzman, whose two title-winning Knicks teams were praised universally for their team-first approach to the game.

And later in his career he was an inside presence, a glue guy, for the first Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty.

Meet Bill Cartwright, the Osaka Evessa’s new coach. The bj-league team announced the hire on Monday afternoon.

Cartwright, 55, replaces short-lived bench boss Takao Furuya, who now becomes the Evessa assistant coach. A league insider said he’ll be with the club at least through the end of next season.

He is the second former NBA head coach — he led the Bulls for 151 games (51-100 record) from 2001-03 — to be put in charge of a bj-league team after former Tokyo Apache bench boss Bob Hill, who ran the now-defunct team during the 2010-11 campaign.

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