An interesting series of reports are surfacing today regarding Louisville Cardinals Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino. Yes, the same Pitino who was in the crosshairs of an ugly situation/affair/extortion issue.
This time, his name is surfacing in regards to the NBA's worst franchise (at least this season), the New Jersey Nets. Several outlets, starting with the New York Daily News have reported that he...well probably his emissaries have been in contact with the Nets or particularly the new owner Vladimir Prokhorov and team president Rod Thorn.
((Rick Pitino says "Whattayatalkinabout?"//Courtesy: Jim O'Connor/US Presswire/NJ.com))
The story from the NY Daily News is RIGHT HERE
However, NJ.com has an interview with Rod Thorn who say 'nay RIGHT HERE
Courier Journal.com also says the University says "Nyet" RIGHT HERE
The 4-Letter (ESPN) and Pat Forde talked to Pitino RIGHT HERE
However, check out this Tweet from YahooSports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski- "The Pitino Story in the NYDN is accurate. He's been working back channels to Russian owner and management.for weeks. They know he wants job". He goes on to add "What Pitino doesn't want is perception he tried to get job and was rebuffed. That'a what happened with Sacto (Kings); NJ is job he really wants".
We just think the whole thing is odd. It isn't a total shock that Pitino wants out of Louisville. With the legal issues, the poor performance of his team this year and the ever growing shadow of John Calipari down the road in Lexington, he may feel it is time to move on.
We will keep an eye on this. It is interesting and no doubt Pitino will take shots at the writers for even suggesting this...all the way until the point where he leaves.
In the meantime, check out this really strange video created we think by a UK student about an imagined conversation between Pitino and Calipari. Thanks You Tube: