We all know Rick Pitino. National championship basketball coach, philanderer, rememberer of important historical events like 9/11 and Ted Kennedy’s death and, perhaps most notably, public snake. His latest public he said/she said doesn’t quite offer the sizzle of the one with the lady who wasn’t his wife or the one with the fat guy who was his star recruit, but it is an upgrade over the one from last summer that involved him leaving but not leaving for the Sacramento Kings.
The New York Daily News reported last night that Pitino informed the New Jersey Nets of his interest in their job and confessed his willingness to leave Louisville, his sex scandal and the chilly air created by Calipari’s shadow behind. Pitino spoke with Nets GM and interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe as well as Rod Thorn, according to the piece, and did his best to convince them that a guy with no record of talent development in the last 15 years and a soiled reputation would be a good fit for a Nets revival next year. However, according to multiple reports, Pitino was never considered a serious candidate by anyone in the New Jersey front office and the Nets’ brass informed the healthcare innovator that they didn’t want his NBA Draft voodoo jinxing them out of John Wall. Besides, they can stunt the growth of talented youngsters on their own, thank you. So, no harm, no foul, right?
Not so fast! You think this story would just go away without Pat Forde? Please. Forde was able to track down Pitino somehow and Rick did what exactly what every scorned and embarrassed teenager has ever done after being shot down by a girl out of his league. He denied it publicly first. In fact, he told Forde that “there’s not an ounce of truth to it”. Wait, a story in the paper about Rick Pitino that he completely denies being true?
Hey, I’ve heard that before.