Puerto Rico Rumors
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.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony announced Thursday that he is now the owner of a professional soccer club. The team, Puerto Rico FC, will join the North American Soccer League and begin playing in 2016, hosting games at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in the city of Bayamon, near San Juan. “The passion for soccer has always been there,” Anthony told ESPN in an interview. “I just always kept it to myself and among my circle. Going to games, sneaking into games, and just watching and being around the sport over the years. The more time I start spending in Puerto Rico over the past six, seven years, I realized there was kind of a void down there on my island.”
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is bringing professional soccer to Puerto Rico. Anthony is the new owner of Puerto Rico FC, a club that will begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016, it was announced on Thursday. “I’m a huge fan of the game,” the eight-time All Star said in a phone interview with ESPN.com. “The sport is growing at a rapid pace, and I wanted to bring it down here to the island.”