HoopsHype Rick Pitino rumors
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will meet Sunday in Miami with Puerto Rican national team members J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. It is expected he will then fly to Puerto Rico on Monday to accept an offer to become the team's next head coach. Barea, the Dallas Mavericks' backup point guard, will be in Miami on Sunday to play Arroyo's Heat on Monday. He said Pitino wants to meet with Puerto Rico's only NBA players before finalizing the deal. ESPN.com
Rick Pitino's only current full-time job is coaching the Louisville Cardinals, a team spokesman said Tuesday, refuting an earlier story that he had signed on to coach the Puerto Rican men's national team. "(Rick Pitino) hasn't taken it," Kenny Klein, Louisville's sports information director told FanHouse. "He has not indicated his level or interest or timetable." Fanhouse.com
If given another chance with the Nets - which seemed increasingly likely following his recent statements on Twitter - Terrence Williams would show up on time with a renewed focus, according to Rick Pitino, his mentor and former coach at Louisville. "He'll do exactly what's expected of him. It won't happen again," Pitino said. "He'll learn his lesson. He's embarrassed by it. He's a young man with unbelievable pride. And when he lets himself down, lets his friends down, he really feels it. And he doesn't let it happen again." New York Daily News
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