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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

J.J. Barea had a lengthy get-together with Louisville coach Rick Pitino and he already has a good idea of what the Puerto Rican national team is going to look like next summer. Basically, Pitino is hoping that the full-out, chaos-causing pressure defense that he has used with great success at the collegiate level translates into the international game. “He said we’re going to pressure full court,’’ Barea said. “He’s ready. He’s excited. He told me already what we’re going to do and he asked me about the guys. I think that will be a good experience for me and it’ll be great for the kids growing up in Puerto Rico.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Carlos Arroyo and J.J. Barea, opponents Monday but backcourt mates for Puerto Rico, had dinner Sunday night with University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who has accepted an offer to coach the national team. “It’s great news,” Arroyo said. “It’s a coach who has a lot of respect in the game, in the States and around the world. Great work ethic, great passion about the game, so we have a lot of things in common. I think he’ll be a great leader.” Palm Beach Post

December 20, 2010 Updates

Now it is official, Rick Pitino is the new head coach of Puerto Rican National Team. Louisville's coach accepted the proposal of the Federation and will lead the National Team replacing Manolo Cintron. Today Pitino will be introduced as new head coach. Sportando

December 16, 2010 Updates

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

December 15, 2010 Updates

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

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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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