HoopsHype Rick Pitino rumors

April 9, 2013 Updates

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April 5, 2013 Updates

Win or lose at the Final Four, Louisville coach Rick Pitino will leave Atlanta with a greater legacy than the one he arrived with -- he has won induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday. Pitino, 60, will be introduced with the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame class Monday before a national championship game he hopes to be coaching in. His Cardinals will face Wichita State in Saturday's semifinals, and the winner will face the survivor of the Syracuse-Michigan game that follows. ESPN.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

"Pitino has squeezed the hell out of those guys," said one NBA player personnel director, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit discussing underclassmen. "I don't see any of them being consistently in a (NBA) rotation. I'm not even sold on Dieng." Two other league executives - one in both the Eastern and Western Conferences - shared that view of the Louisville roster, projecting Dieng as a late first-round pick and junior guard Russ Smith as a possibility in the second round. And though several other Cardinals will be on the NBA's radar including senior point guard Peyton Siva, sophomore forward Chane Behanan and freshman forward Montrezl Harrell (who might be the best long-term prospect of the group), it is atypical for such a powerful college basketball team to draw so little excitement from NBA scouts. Detroit Free Press

February 21, 2013 Updates

Rick Pitino said the best thing for Gorgui Dieng would be to go to the NBA after this season. He didn't say that because he wants the junior for Senegal out the door. He likes Dieng so much he named a horse after him. But Pitino is looking at the realities. Dieng turned 23 in January, and professionally speaking, if he could get into the first round of the NBA Draft, now is the time for Dieng to try to strike. WDRB

Dieng, of course, has his own way of looking at things. I asked him what he thought when Pitino made those comments. (And Pitino, for the record, noted that if Dieng isn't a sure first-round pick, he definitely should return). Dieng's response, as always, was thoughtful. "I'm not worried about the NBA right now," Dieng said. ". . . I'm worried about the next game. When the season is over I'll sit down with coach and talk. But I consider myself that I still have a four-year scholarship, and I feel I am a student-athlete, so I'm not just trying to jump ahead of anything." WDRB

February 15, 2013 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, an elite list of players and coaches, as the 12 finalists from the North American and Women's committees to be considered for election in 2013. The recognition of being honored as a Hall of Fame finalist is a career highlight in the sport of basketball. This year's list includes six first-time finalists: five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond. Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, five- time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino and four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Class of 2013 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April. NBA.com

January 20, 2013 Updates
October 30, 2012 Updates

Rick Pitino has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him pacing the Louisville sideline through the 2022 season, the university announced Tuesday. Pitino is in his 11th season at Louisville and has compiled a 274-106 record at the school. The Cardinals, coming off a surprise Final Four run, are ranked second in the AP preseason poll. ESPN.com

October 16, 2012 Updates

This is one reason fans go crazy when the Sports Guy writes about the possibility of an NBA team pressing, something no team has done on anything like a full-time basis since the Rick Pitino Celtics — a team that in 1997-98 forced the most turnovers, per possession, of any team in the 3-point era while nonetheless floundering on both ends. Fans can see a press in a way they can't really see the Spurs working for corner 3s, or the Bulls' defense overloading the strong side of the floor. Sources around the league think the NBA is immune to the most gimmicky innovations. Teams are too talented to be fooled, and in a macro sense, they're close enough in talent level that there are no massive night-to-night underdogs who might tilt the scales by going way out of the box. Also: No innovation is ever going to change the fact that a top-10 player is the most important ingredient in team success. Grantland

August 12, 2012 Updates

Sources say Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also expressed strong interest in the position, but the general expectation in USAB circles is that Krzyzewski will be succeeded by an NBA coach. Current Team USA assistants Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan, meanwhile, are regarded as long-shot contenders in part because both are out of work at present, meaning it would likely be too much to ask either of them -- when they do inevitably resurface in the NBA in the near future -- to take on the national team in addition to the rigors of a new pro job. ESPN.com

August 11, 2012 Updates

Sources say that Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also expressed strong interest in the position, but the general expectation in USAB circles is that Krzyzewski will be succeeded by an NBA coach. Current Team USA assistants Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan, meanwhile, are regarded as long-shot contenders in part because both are out of work at present, meaning that it would likely be too much to ask either of them -- when they do inevitably resurface in the NBA in the near future -- to take on the national team in addition to the rigors of a new pro job. ESPN.com

April 5, 2012 Updates

Rick Pitino said on WKRD's Early Birds with Drew Deener Wednesday morning that he has spoken with Peyton Siva and told the junior point guard that he should return to Louisville next season. Rick Pitino said on WKRD's Early Birds with Drew Deener Wednesday morning that he has spoken with Peyton Siva and told the junior point guard that he should return to Louisville next season. "I told him that I would do what I do with all my guys and contact the NBA office," Pitino said. "They have a committee and the committee reports back." Scout.com

March 21, 2012 Updates

Coach Tom Izzo said Louisville coach Rick Pitino's failed NBA venture and advice helped convince him not to pursue an opportunity to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers: "It's like buying a car, if you have success with one style you buy another one the next time. If you don't, you change. I don't think anybody was saying this is a great move for you. Thank God I had an AD and an administration that at least let me look at something that was an incredible offer." CBSSports.com

September 29, 2011 Updates
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May 12, 2011 Updates

He was the hottest college coach in the country, he had NBA experience, both as an assistant coach and as a head coach with the Knicks, he had played at UMass and coached at Boston University, and at the time he seemed like the perfect guy to be the new Celtics coach. But here they were, just another young team going nowhere, in a league full of them. He was under tremendous pressure. He was Rick Pitino, one of the biggest names in basketball, and he was supposed to win. But by the time I got traded, I was happy for all the wrong reasons. I wasn’t happy because I was back home and had grown up idolizing the Celtics. I was happy because I was back home and I knew where to get drugs. I also had the money to buy them. It was a deadly combination. SLAM

April 27, 2011 Updates

Louisville's Rick Pitino will not coach Puerto Rico's national team, citing scheduling conflicts in announcing his change of plans Wednesday. The Cardinals' coach had agreed in December to coach Puerto Rico in a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament late this summer and had hoped to have his Louisville team play the Puerto Rican national team as part of a foreign trip. But the NCAA shot down that proposal because Puerto Rico is Commonwealth of the United States and is not considered a foreign country under NCAA rules. An acceptable site for the foreign trip where both teams could visit simultaneously could not be arranged. The addition of a second tournament also conflicted with his duties at Louisville. "I was so looking forward to coaching the Puerto Rico national team, but too many conflicts arose," Pitino said. "It is a great disappointment that we cannot take on the challenge to help them qualify for the Olympics." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 23, 2011 Updates

I’ve read you’re part of the Puerto Rican National team. With Louisville’s Rick Pitino now at the helm, how do you feel about playing with them? Renaldo Balkman: Yeah. This will be my second year playing with them. He’s a good coach. Last year was basically all new for me. This year will be all new for me again. New coach, new everything. SLAM

March 17, 2011 Updates

In a 61-55 loss at Florida in November, Faried had 20 points and 18 rebounds. Florida Coach Billy Donovan compared Faried to Dennis Rodman and said that N.B.A. general managers should choose Faried with their first-round pick. On Wednesday, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino agreed, saying that Faried is unique, partly because of his “relentless pursuit.” “The reason I think he’ll be a high draft choice is, the N.B.A. is in dire need of a guy like this who goes after every basketball,” Pitino said. New York Times

December 21, 2010 Updates

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