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May 08, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
Rick Pitino is defying logic and showing interest in taking another jump to the NBA. In case you forgot, Pitino proved himself to be a great college coach at Providence from 1985 to 1987, then decided to jump to the NBA. Pitino coached the Knicks for two years with relative success, leading them to the Atlantic Division title and to Eastern Conference semifinals in his second season.
After the Knicks, Pitino jumped back to college, where he restored Kentucky's damaged reputation and led them to a National Championship. Pitino could have stayed at Kentucky forever, but after eight seasons, decided to hop back to the NBA and coach the Celtics. In Boston, Pitino was a failure, and the Celtics never even made the playoffs in his three and a half seasons as coach. After the debacle in Boston, Pitino headed back to the collegiate ranks, where he has been at Louisville for eight years. After the same number of years he was at Kentucky, Pitino may be leaving for the NBA, again. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Pitino has communicated his interest to Kings ownership about a possible return to the NBA.
If Pitino wants to test the NBA waters again he's entitled to do so, but he's proven he belongs in college. If he does go, I'm excited for the press conferences. "Chris Webber is not walking through that door. Vlade Divac is not walking through that door. Doug Christie is not walking through that door."
Pitino in Running for Kings Job - Yahoo! Sports