Rick Pitino Is Either Insane, Or Insanely Jealous Of Coach Calipari Stealing His Spotlight.
The idea that Pitino would be pressing that hard for an NBA head coaching job is laughable, really. His previous stint with the Celtics was nothing short of disastrous. He spent 4 years there, finishing with a 102-146 record, and left with his tail between his legs, back to the NCAA, where he immediately took the job at Louisville.
So why would Pitino try to get back in the league? Right now, he's one of the elite NCAA coaches, and has a high-paying job with one of the better basketball schools in the country, in a great basketball conference and an excellent state for college hoops.
The problem is, Pitino's not the top dog anymore. Not just in the NCAA, but not even in his own state. John Calipari's hiring at Kentucky, Pitino's old stomping grounds, has vaulted Calipari into the top spot in the headlines in the state of Kentucky.
Would Rick Pitino really sacrifice the comfort and the success that he has enjoyed at Louisville just to get another chance to fail in the NBA? I think that he would. Pitino is obsessed with the spotlight, and will do anything necessary to thrust his name back into the headlines. It's clear that Calipari will be the toast of the town (or the state, really) for a while, and that's probably not sitting well with Pitino.
Unfortunately, these rumors of Pitino seeking an NBA job will most likely all be swept away, eventually. He's definitely one of the best college coaches in the country, but he's a terrible NBA coach. It has been proven that being a great college coach means little to nothing in the NBA. Calipari can tell you that as well. Rick Pitino can go ahead and try to throw his name into the ring for any job he wants, but it will be a mistake. I hope, for his sake, that he comes to his senses and immediately refutes any rumor of him going anywhere near the NBA.
Louisville's Rick Pitino Using Kings to Drum Up NBA Interest [Fanhouse]