Rick Pitino Rumors
Spalding has announced via his Instagram account that he has decided to enter his name into the NBA Draft and will hire an agent, passing up on a senior season with his hometown university. He’ll will have to work on his game some, but there’s little question it’s NBA caliber. His improvement from his sophomore to junior year was impressive. He got serious about his game, and it showed. Rick Pitino sat down with him after last season and gave him a, “Now is the time,” speech. He heeded it.
Tim Sullivan: Number of people reporting New Zealand Breakers have approached Rick Pitino about coaching gig. Here’s his response: “It’s total BS — someone trying to poke fun at me. . .Lot of comedians out of work.”
Marc Stein: The New Zealand Breakers, I’m told, have offered their vacant head coaching position to former Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The @NZBreakers play in Australia’s @NBL and their new American ownership has been pitching Pitino’s representative on the post this week.
Current TV analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Kevin McHale, league sources say, are among the marquee names that can already be found on the Bucks’ list of candidates. The former New Orleans coach Monty Williams and Fizdale have also been mentioned as likely candidates — and word is that even former Louisville coach Rick Pitino could get an exploratory look here.
Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino told ESPN he wants to coach again, whether it’s in college or the NBA. “The level (in college) doesn’t matter to me,” Pitino said on Friday. “I just need it to be someone who believes in me.”
Pitino confirmed that he has hired agent Jordan Bazant, and said he doesn’t want to leave the game bitter. He said he has yet to receive any interest from college programs, but told ESPN he had an informal discussion with a representative from one NBA about a potential opening.