He’s probably the most accomplished athlete to ever graduate from Elk Grove High School. James “Bill” Cartwright was the most formidable high school basketball player in the area in the mid-70’s. He went on to become an All-American at the University of San Francisco.
|Bill Carwright, now coaching|
in Japanese Pro League
Cartwright then played 16 seasons for the New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, winning three championships with the Bulls alongside of Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen in the early-90’s.
The 7-1 Cartwright retired after the 94-95 season but became an assistant coach under Phil Jackson and won three more championships.
Cartwright briefly was the head coach of the Bulls between 2002 and 2003. He then was an assistant coach for several seasons with the Nets and, more recently, the Suns.
But, now Cartwright is a head coach once again. He’s in Japan coaching the Osaka Evessa.
Cartwright is just the second former NBA coach to be hired in Japan. Bob Hill, former head coach for Indiana and San Antonio, was the first.
He does have a couple Americans on his team, dominated by Japanese players. Michael Bell played collegiately for Florida Atlantic University and Rick Rickert played at Minnesota.
Earlier this year Cartwright was selected to be a part of the inaugural class of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame. Also inducted were baseball manager Dusty Baker, swimmer Summer Sanders, basketball player Kevin Johnson and boxer Tony Lopez.
Cartwright is also in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Hall of Fame.