Puerto Rico Rumors
“It’s a sacrifice league. The money is not that great, but it pays the bills. During the summer, I try to make that money up that I didn’t make playing in the D-League by playing in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico. It works for me,” Maurice Baker said (expected to extend his D-League record for games played to 356 on Friday night).
Former Pistons Tony Mitchell signed in Venezuela with Cocodrilos de Caracas. The player spent last season in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds. Mitchell is a product of North Texas.
Pitino’s debut at the Pan Am Games in July underscored just how daunting a task he had undertaken. It featured a 92-59 drubbing at the hands of Brazil. Then came another 30-point plus loss to Team USA. However, since then that initial rag-tag Puerto Rican squad has been upgraded for the next week’s FIBA Americas Championship Olympic qualifier in Mexico City. But the reality is the team is overmatched. Just don’t tell that to Pitino. “I don’t regret this at all,” Pitino said. “Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] and Brett Brown both told me I’d learn a lot — and I have.”
While Pitino’s family couldn’t quite comprehend (and still can’t) his reasons for this summer-long commitment, Pitino decided to coach Puerto Rico for several reasons: (1) to learn new ideas; (2) the sheer challenge to get Puerto Rico into the Olympics and (3) it offered his new-look Louisville team valuable experience playing against a group of pros.
Entering his fourth season in the NBA, new Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless is looking to bounce back from a lost 2014-15 campaign with the Orlando Magic. In order to do so he obviously needs to stay healthy, but so far that’s been a problem. According to PrimeraHora.com, Harkless injured his ankle while practicing with the Puerto Rican national team, forcing him to fly back to Portland for further evaluation.