According to EuroHoops.net, Rick Pitino could potentially return to coach Panathinaikos from Greece and give up college basketball forever. That is, if he can get his kids on board.
“I’ll go to New York. I have it all planned, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday to speak to all my children. If I can get them on board, I will return. If I can’t get them on all on board, then I won’t. It’s very simple. We are a very strong family. Like the Greek families. It’s got to be one for all and all for one,” Pitino said.
Pitino finished the season coaching Panathinaikos Athens to both Greek Cup and League Cup championships. They swept Promitheas Patras 3-0 in the Finals and it was the club’s 38th Greek championship.
In the same interview, Pitino said that if he does indeed return to coach in Greece, he would never return to the college ranks.
“You have to understand is that if I come back, I give up college basketball forever. It could never happen because I couldn’t leave Panathinaikos for a college in March or April. If I come back, it’s Panathinaikos and then death.”
That’s interestingly dark, but it would appear that Pitino recently had a revelation that is pushing him to come back.
“If you asked me a couple of days ago, then I’d tell you that it’s just 5% I’ll stay with Panathinaikos. Now, it’s 50-50,” Pitino said.
That’s what winning will do to you.