Just a year and half after Rick Pitino was ousted as head coach of Louisville, he is already back on top. In what seemed like 15 seconds, Pitino went from top 5 college coach to laughing stock of the basketball world back to being one of the best coaches. Congratulations to Ole’ Boy Rick on his first championship since 1996.
In Sunday’s championship game, Pitino’s Panathinaikos team beat PAOK 79-73 in the Greek Cup Championship. On top of what I am sure was impeccable defense, the team was led by former Florida star Nick Calathes who was awarded MVP. Other names you may have heard of are Sean Kilpatrick, Keith Langford, James Gist and Konstantinos Mitoglou who all played for NCAA teams along with Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Giannis’ brother) and Georgios Papagiannis who was a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
Do you all think Rick will get a tattoo of this championship too?
I am not going to go into “details” of the game, because I did not “watch it”, however, I do have some takeaways. Pitino’s still got it and I am 100% certain that he never lost it. Some people thought that when he lost his coaching job at Louisville, he would never coach again. That thought never crossed my mind. Can’t stop the greats from doing what they love. I think it is only a matter of time before he is back coaching another D-1 NCAA program. In fact, UCLA has already shown some interest.
If I could have it my way, I would make sure Pitino found his way back to Louisville. I would love that. Not only because Kentucky normally won, but also in a Calipari/Pitino matchup, you had the thrill of genuinely not knowing whether or not the mafia was going to get involved.
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