Rick Pitino May Want To Coach In The NBA Again

Rick Pitino Is Either Insane, Or Insanely Jealous Of Coach Calipari Stealing His Spotlight.

5/8/09 in NCAABB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

According to some reports, Rick Pitino is one of the candidates for the vacant Sacramento Kings coaching job. However, some people are suspicious that it's Pitino, and not the Kings, who started the rumors. This might have been done to incite interest in Pitino among other NBA teams who might be looking for a head coach.

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]
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5/9/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

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I wouldn't mind if Pitino left Louisville because I trust AD Tom Jurich with my life and the life of the University as a whole.  Pitino may be a master motivator, but he's not necessarily the master coach.  He has done well at Louisville and I'm not complaining.  However, I feel like I'm one of the few people in America who believe he does not teach time and ball management very well.  While I'd hate to see him go, it wouldn't necessarily rock my world.

If he did leave, who would top your wish list for UofL's next head coach?

5/8/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

BluDevil wrote:
I'd like to see him stay, some matchups between him and Cal at UK would be pretty intense and would make for good TV, I think.

But hey, it is a different era economically too. Colleges that get public funding, and even some private institutions, are being criticized for how much money coaches are getting while at the same time universities are dramatically reducing the type and number of degree programs offered, the number of qualified professors and the number of staff all in an effort to cut costs, which basically stems from states dramatically cutting funding to institutions.

So, Pitino might think that if he really wants to cash in big that he needs to jump back to the NBA where there isn't the same kind of pressure to reduce costs that most colleges and universities are facing.

PATTERSON IS COMING BACK FOR HIS JUNIOR SEASON!! He withdrew from the draft today!  Pitino might want to consider an NBA career after all.

5/8/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I'd like to see him stay, some matchups between him and Cal at UK would be pretty intense and would make for good TV, I think.

But hey, it is a different era economically too. Colleges that get public funding, and even some private institutions, are being criticized for how much money coaches are getting while at the same time universities are dramatically reducing the type and number of degree programs offered, the number of qualified professors and the number of staff all in an effort to cut costs, which basically stems from states dramatically cutting funding to institutions.

So, Pitino might think that if he really wants to cash in big that he needs to jump back to the NBA where there isn't the same kind of pressure to reduce costs that most colleges and universities are facing.

5/8/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

Judging by the photo above, Pitino needs to invest in a little smaller basketball keychain.

5/8/09   |   Drakesrake_77   |   82 respect

Anyone else notice how quickly the "Pitino getting blackmailed by ex-equipment manager's wife" story just vanished from the news?  If her allegations prove true, and the trial makes it to court, he might have a lot more to worry about than where he's going to coach next season. 

5/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Aceraison wrote:
He's in Kentucky.  Favre is the number 2 story around here.  It's all Calipari in this area.

I was referring to the nation as a whole.  Major stories don't really come out of Kentucky when college basketball is on it's Spring/Summer hiatus.

5/8/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

keppieboy wrote:
 I would not say he is a bad NBA coach he was good with the Knicks.

It's an entirely different era. That was 20 years ago.

5/8/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 I would not say he is a bad NBA coach he was good with the Knicks.

5/8/09   |   Aceraison   |   183 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Well, he hasn't been in one spot for more than 8 years, and this would be year #8 at Louisville.  So it seems like the natural course of things for Pitino.  And while he wasn't horrible in the NBA, he seems to be a much better fit at the college level.  Maybe he just got tired of hearing about Brett Favre every second of the day (aren't we all?) and decided to shake things up the only way he knows how.

He's in Kentucky.  Favre is the number 2 story around here.  It's all Calipari in this area.

5/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Well, he hasn't been in one spot for more than 8 years, and this would be year #8 at Louisville.  So it seems like the natural course of things for Pitino.  And while he wasn't horrible in the NBA, he seems to be a much better fit at the college level.  Maybe he just got tired of hearing about Brett Favre every second of the day (aren't we all?) and decided to shake things up the only way he knows how.