There were reports going around the WWL this morning that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino put feelers out, expressing interest in the head coach for the New Jersey Nets. Needless to say, Kentucky fans took this bit of news with lots of glee. Unfortunately for fellow members of the Big Blue Nation, it looks like those reports were false
— it’s either that or Pitino was put off by the fact the rumblings were made public.
While rejecting the idea, Pitino offered these thoughts to ESPN’s Pat “4D” Forde:
“I have no interest, period,” Pitino said Thursday. “I’m done with coaching professional basketball. I’ve put the professional ranks behind me.”
Sounds pretty definitive.
Pitino’s comments have been supported by Nets’ president, Rod Thorn, who also denied the rumors. So for now, it looks like Ricky, Ricky, Ricky is staying in “The Ville” for the time being. Apparently, Pitino’s keen to be apart of the opening of the brand-spanking-new $250 million arena designed for the Cardinals’ men and women’s basketball teams.
Of course, there could be other, unspoken reasons why Pitino doesn’t want to go help the New Jersey Nets. Fixing a team that’s managed a mere four games (out of 52) is no easy task, and I wouldn’t blame any coach for shying away from such a project. Then again, the amazing attendance numbers could be just the thing to sway even the most stubborn coach’s mind.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be apart of such undying support?
Of course, if the Nets put a better product on the floor… As you can see, it’s a vicious circle, one that Rick Pitino wants nothing to do with — at least until the Cardinals’ season is over.