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Rick Pitino's time in Boston wasn't necessarily an "era" so much as a "quagmire."
With Pitino as coach and president, the Celtics writhed to a 102-146 record and became the sports laughingstock of the city before Pitino skittered away in the winter of 2001.
Things have gone better since Pitino fled without so much as a farewell press conference. He has added another NCAA championship and three more Final Four appearances at Louisville, and on Sunday he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at Boston University, Providence College, Kentucky and Louisville.
But returning to the state of his greatest professional failure forced him to reflect on those rough years on Causeway Street.
"It sort of defined me in the end, because there [were] probably two things missing in my life as a coach," Pitino told The Boston Globe. "One was humility, and the other one was failure. We took over a 15-w...
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Rick Pitino has picked up his third commitment from the 2014 class. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9, forward from Ypsilani, Michigan verbally pledged to Louisville on Friday morning.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Louisville had been rumored to be the heavy favorite for Johnson since July. He is expected to take an official visit to Louisville on Sept. 20. Many expected him...
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino will be officially inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this afternoon in Springfield, MA. Pitino, along with the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame class participated in Saturday’s news conference and jacket presentation. Here is video from Pitino’s portion of the press conference, courtesy of Steve Andress of WDRB.com who...
Rick Pitino has spent nearly half his life as a coach. Just because he's going into the Basketball Hall of Fame doesn't mean he's thinking about the end of his career.
He's 60 years old and says he'd love to coach when he's 70.
Pitino reaches another milestone in a career that includes NCAA championships with Kentucky and Louisville when he's inducted...
Rick Pitino‘s time in Boston wasn’t necessarily an “era” so much as a “quagmire.” With Pitino as coach and president, the Celtics writhed to a 102-146 record and became the sports laughingstock of the city before Pitino skittered away in the winter of 2001.
Things have gone better since Pitino fled without so much as a farewell press conference. He has added another NCAA...
Long before Rick Pitino guided the Louisville Cardinals to their most recent national title, he coached their biggest rival, Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to a championship in 1996. Pitino left UK on bad terms, ditching the school for another shot at the NBA with the Boston Celtics. Pitino further became the ire of Kentucky fans when he accepted the Louisville job in 2001. But apparently...
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Springfield, Mass. Cardinal Authority has some quotes on Pitino from former assistant coaches, former players and friends and media types about Pitino.
Rick Pitino remembers the training meals at the pizza place where his Boston University teams ate more than 30 years ago.
Even Hall of Famers have to start somewhere.
That obscure beginning provided a foundation for a coaching career that took him to two NBA teams and three other colleges, all reaching the Final Four and two winning NCAA championships.
Not a bad start to the Hall of Fame weekend for Rick Pitino. This morning UofL picked up a verbal pledge from 2014 four-star prospect Jaylen Johnson. Jaylen is from Ypsilanti, Michigan and ranked no. 62 nationally by Scout, and no. 55 nationally by 24/7 Sports. Johnson chose the Cards over Oregon and Michigan State, as well as a host of other offers. For those who care, this should...
Gary Payton grew up on the West Coast and became a dominant defender. Bernard King got his start on the East Coast and developed into a great scorer.
Those different routes led to the same destination -- the Basketball Hall of Fame.
And both began their journeys on city playgrounds.
On Sunday, they will be inducted into the sport's shrine along with Rick Pitino and nine others...
He is an excellent passer, a serious defender and a good shooter with all kinds of range.
He is Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from Ypsilanti, Mich., and he is still growing.
Most importantly, he is a University of Louisville Cardinal, having given his commitment to Rick Pitino to be a member of UofL’s 2014 basketball recruiting class.
Keep your eyes on No. 10 in the video:
With the recent induction of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Fresh off of winning the national title last season, he becomes the fourth active coach to be inducted. While Pitino reigned supreme in 2013, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking to get his Wildcats back atop the college basketball throne. Both Calipari and Pitino have...