Rick Pitino Rumors
Garfinkel, who was referred to as “Garf” by friends, relished kibitzing about coaching and all things round ball with a bravado born a block off of Broadway. He often held court with noted raconteurs like Hubie Brown and Rick Pitino past 4 a.m. at the Carnegie Deli, a short walk from his midtown apartment on West 55th St. He shuffled his way in and out of high school games with an ambling gait. Friends remembered a shtick that only Garfinkel, bespectacled with thick-frame glasses, could employ as he introduced clinicians at a no-frills camp that focused on defense and fundamentals. It came to be known for a format that matched stationmasters and top prospects.
It’s funny — for the rest of your career, people are going to imagine that you had this terrible relationship with Coach Pitino. But the truth is, the two of you will get along pretty well. And I’ll tell you what: When the trade happens, Coach Pitino will — if nothing else — be honest with you. He’ll at least be that. (This is already better than you’ll get from some GMs.)
Rick Pitino: I will not resign and let you down. Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others but rather turn the other cheek. Couldn’t do it at 33, but at 63 it’s the wise thing to do. Let’s let the investigators do their job and we will play basketball.
Brown didn’t deny that there had been some truth to previous reports, although he was quick to point out the adversity Embiid has faced at such a young age. “Coach Pitinio sent me home when I was 19, too,” Brown said, referring to his time as a point guard at Boston University playing under head coach Rick Pitino.
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.”