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Pitino's going to the NBA! Wait. What?

Posted on: February 11, 2010 2:24 pm
Rick Pitino to the NBA? That rumor is too easy. Writing it, reading it, believing it ... too easy. It's like tackling one of those beginning crossword puzzles. Finish the following phrase: Piece of ---- .

Cake. The phrase you're looking for is "piece of cake."

That's the Pitino-to-the-Nets rumor. It's a piece of cake. It's shooting fish in a ------ (barrel). It's a cliche, is my point. It's the easiest cliche in sports writing, and I'm not pointing a finger at the guy in New York who started it this time. I've been there myself, at least once and maybe twice. I'm pretty sure I once wrote that Pitino was likely to go to the Mavericks to replace Avery Johnson, and I almost wrote -- and maybe I did; I don't have the heart to search through Google -- that Pitino was going to the Heat to replace Pat Riley.

Sources say this stuff, that Pitino is going back to the NBA after all these years at Louisville, and they believe it -- but it's never been true yet. It's like that rumor of Urban Meyer going to Notre Dame, which Steve Spurrier spread last year and a newspaper idiot in Alabama wrote like it was the gospel. It's easy. Maybe too easy.

It'll happen again, this rumor. Pitino to (your NBA franchise here). Don't believe it. Not until you see him behind a podium at an NBA arena, meeting the media.

Category: NBA
Tags: Rick Pitino

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:50 pm

Maybe the NBA, maybe another college team...

... but Pitino sure looks like a guy who wants a change of scenery asap. 

St. Johns, maybe? Can StJ come up with the cash it would take to get him?

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2010 12:30 pm

Pitino's going to the NBA! Wait. What?


This is why I like you so are so friggin' smart.

You do have a good point in this blog but I'll bet you a cold adult beverage of your choosing that Ol Rickie P. will leave the Bluegrass in a heartbeat IF he ever gets a decent offer.  His ego is much to large to hang around the Commonwealth while Calipari is always in the limelight...and...taking the Cardinals out to the woodshed every time they meet. Pitino will never out recruit Calipari as long as he is at Louisville and will never contend for the State's love.

Just my opinion.

Jerry Morgan

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 9:14 pm

Pitino's going to the NBA! Wait. What?

Glad to see that at least ONE writer gets it -- it is easy to spread a rumor and it will continue to happen with any coach who has done both college and NBA.  Anyone who constantly gets caught in believing this EVERY time is just a flat out sucker or naive -- believe it when it happens.   No matter what you think of the man about job jumping -- that may have been in the past -- now -- he has had 2 jobs in the last THIRTEEN years -- doesn't sound like old times.   He is older, established and has NOTHING to prove any more.  He also has plenty of money and a good job and security.   Anyone thinking it is just nuts IMO -- or the wishful thinking of some fans of others who would LOVE to believe they can actually run him out of the state or that he is afraid of them.   That's a laugh.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 7:13 pm

It's all about embarassment...

After all of the flack from his sex fiasco, he may just be looking for a way out from under all of that embarassment.  I has got to be hard remaining on the job and looking people in the face after all of that.  I'd want to go and hide too.

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