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Carnesecca loses $600 to pickpocket

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NEW YORK — Lou Carnesecca saw some slick pick-and-rolls in 24 years as St. John's basketball coach. This week, a pair of pickpockets stole $600 from him.

Carnesecca, 75, was unhurt on Monday after two men in a brown Chevrolet sedan spotted him, called out "coach" and asked for an autograph near the main St. John's campus in Queens.

The coach reached into their car, signed a notepad and one of them lifted the cash and his money clip engraved "Coach."

"They were pros," Carnesecca said. He discovered the missing cash when he went into a nearby bank. "I didn't even feel it. It wasn't even a subway nudge. They were smooth."

Carnesecca, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, retired in 1992 from coaching at St. John's, where he had a 526-200 record.

He also coached the New York Nets in the American Basketball Association for three seasons.

Carnesecca still works at St. John's as an assistant to the president.