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COMEDY: Pitino tells his players they’re his best team in 40 years

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Louisville’s Trey Lewis and Damion Lee are at ACC Media Day today (sans Rick Pitino) and I don’t envy them for the onslaught of ‘alleged’ prostitution scandal questions they will face. Poor guys. It’s not their fault the players before them enjoyed the company, and occasionally the warmth, of a scantily clad lady for a small fee and a couple of autographs.

But taking precedence over the question-ducking from today’s media breakout is a quote from Lewis you will not believe.

Well, on second thought, you probably will believe it, because nothing is unbelievable from Rick Pitino anymore.

Here we go…

When Trey Lewis was about his first season in the Louisville program, he told reporters, “Coach Pitino says this is the best team he’s coached in 40 years. You guys don’t see how we battle everyday.” [@kmattio]

The best team he’s coached in 40 years?!

Rick finally lost it. He gone. Rick’s been known to make outrageous statements in the past, but this one takes the mentally-ill cake.

No way his current team is better than his title team of 2012-13 and it’s definitely not better than his 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats. Highly unlikely it’s better than any of his Boston Celtics teams, too.

This is the most Rick Pitino quote of all time.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

60 Comments for COMEDY: Pitino tells his players they’re his best team in 40 years



  1. BobKYCats
    11:09 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe he suffers from short and long term memory loss. Did you ever think about that, Drew?



    • Wildcat Dog
      6:43 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Escortino has lost it..The sewer at uavel needs a good flushing including Jurich and Comb Over Ramsey..He is a pompous arrogant piece of crap..



  2. symphonist41169
    11:11 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Alzheimer’s is a terrible, terrible thing….



  3. Bret
    11:11 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Isn’t this the same team that lost 4 out of 5 pre-season exhibition games to Puerto Rico? It would be a stretch to say this is in the Top 5 of best UofL teams he’s coached, not even close to best overall.

    He really has forfeited any form of integrity or honesty with his comments.



  4. THE MAN
    11:17 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    He is as delusional as the UL fanbase!!



  5. BenHur
    11:19 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    It’s starting to get sad now.



  6. HappyNate
    11:20 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    It may be true. He didn’t say what they’re best at.



    • Mmmm
      11:33 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Ho, Ho, Ho!



  7. UK1983
    11:26 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    real comedy is fact he didn’t go to media day



  8. shelby
    11:28 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t think this UofL team will be any better than Rick’s 89-90 team.



  9. Greg
    11:34 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Is trading autographs for lap dances considered a NCAA violation? Didn’t the ohio state get hit hard for just giving away jerseys and autographs for compensation?



    • J-Dub421
      11:40 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

      At OSU it was trading memorabilia for tatoos, so the same general principle should apply.



  10. hmm
    11:34 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Well he may not be telling a lie. See you can be a good “team” as in working together for a common goal but still Suck! Which they do. Suck that is. 🙂



  11. Blue Seeing Red
    11:48 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    My comment is not from a place of an anti-Pitino or anti-UofL bias, but as grown man. Today is the most shameless, cowardly act I have witnessed, maybe ever, in that Rick Pitino has sent a group of kids to face the media for this scandal at the ACC media day. Whether Pitino knew or did not does not matter. As the head coach and a somewhat father-figure, you do not put your kids in that situation. Spineless. I cannot believe that the UofL President has allowed this; I can believe the AD condones this. I have gained respect for these players today.



    • BAdams
      11:53 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly. All he had to do is come out and immediately say, I will not be answering any questions regarding the matter. Anyone who asks such questions will be ignored. But nooo, that would be asking too much. I swear he makes it harder and harder to like him. I’ve always heard he’s an ass anyway.



    • papasnapper
      12:10 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      BAdams: I’ve had one personal contact with Pitino. In that one encounter, which is all that I can attest to, yes he was an a$$.



    • UKfaninLou
      12:48 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Totally agree, Blue. Proof that Pitino needs to go. You don’t throw your kids under the bus like that. The Lewis kid also stated that Jurich has promised this team that Rick WILL continue to be their coach. Chances are good this present scandal will just fizzle out like all the other sex scandals at UofL but how long can they continue on the path of self-destruction they are on?



    • kramer
      1:23 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I totally agree Blue, it is shameful sending players, especially 2 transfers that just got to UL! That whole athletic department is a joke right now, who wants to bet Pitino will suddenly come down with an illness when they play UK and have to go on the road in the ACC.



    • Bret
      2:48 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I can’t even imagine how bad the fan base would react if Coach Cal ditched his players on media day like RP has done. One of the most cowardly things he’s ever done.

      If he truly cared about his players and how this was going to be handled then he would have gone by himself and left the players at home.



  12. BAdams
    11:50 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Doesnt he say that every year? They may work hard, but they are not the best. As a matter of fact, I see them being a double digit loss team. Definitely a down year for them.



  13. Gimel's Stache
    11:52 am October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Juan Palacios is not walking through that door wearing a Mashburn jersey.



  14. MadOtter
    12:02 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Heck, Rick’s 97′ team that lost in the finals to Arizona, was probably far superior than ANY team he has fielded at Louisville. Lol.



  15. Dave
    12:06 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    we get it drew. Rick hurt your feelings when he left and you still cry about it every night. Your obsession is obvious and disgusting. He doesn’t love you and probably
    Never did.



    • RICK
      12:12 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Drew is so glad you GOT RICK know it’s so funny and so is the rest of BBN.



    • Drew Franklin
      12:13 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I love the people who think I’m actually hurt over Rick not taking a selfie with me. The internet is a special, special place.



    • BigBlue
      12:29 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Lmao Dave must be a Louisville fan, Rick Pitino is a spineless coward, Drew should make it an everyday thing to bash ole Ricky P



    • Booby Petrino
      12:55 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Dave, your obsession with Drew is obvious and disgusting. Also, Pitino’s record of sex scandals at UofLol is disgusting too!



    • MadOtter
      1:23 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I find it humorous that when Rick was at Kentucky, Cardfan made fun of us for slobbering over him like lemmings, as if he was the Messiah. However, now that they have our same ex-coach, Pitino can say and do practically(or, maybe literally at this point)ANYTHING, and they buy into and/or attempt to justify it. It’s comedy gold. And, truly, you can’t make up half of this stuff.



    • Theresa Brewer
      2:00 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      FAIL. That’s about the most pathetic attempt from you yet to pretend that the man is not inside your dome. Whatever happened between the two of you, he took your manhood, and you continue to let him hold what passes for you little nuts in his hand. The truth of that lies in the fact that you can’t stop blogging about every little thing he does or doesn’t do on a site supposedly devoted to another team. In all seriousness, I am one of the vast majority of UK fans very tired of checking KSR for info on my Cats, only to see yet another entry by you (and others) about Pitino (or Louisville). Please, for the love of Pete, move on with your life. All of this minutiae with Pitino does NOT interest anyone except you and Matthew and the same 12 cretins who comment whenever you post another obsessive hate attack on the old man.



    • Pete
      2:21 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Speak for yourself Theresa! Lovin the coverage Drew keep it goin.



    • Uncle Leo
      2:24 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      “whenever you post another obsessive hate attack on the old man”

      Just like Uncle Leo from Seinfeld when he gets caught knowingly stealing books. “But Im an old man! I was confused!”



    • MadOtter
      2:39 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Hmmm, let’s see, Theresa… this post has already reeled in nearly 50 comments, so someone cares. Your comment is included in that list, by the way. Does that make you a cretin, too? Last question was rhetorical.



    • Reasonable Rick
      4:57 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Theresa
      That time of the month?



  16. Rick Damn Flair
    12:12 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Rick says this stuff to get under the skin of UK fans. It works every time.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:25 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      If Rick wakes up everyday thinking one thing, “How can i get under the skin of UK fans?” Then he is failing as a coach. His job is to coach his team. not worry about ours or us fans.



    • J-Dub421
      12:35 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe Pitino should focus more on beating us occasionally. One out of eight tries isn’t very good.



    • MadOtter
      1:45 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      This job is a catch 22 for Pitino. He could literally trip an old lady in front of a church, then turn around and club a baby seal, and the Louisville media and fans will try to put a positive spin on the incident. On the downside, as Cornheiser so famously said, he really doesn’t command the same national respect as he did in his younger years, and that has to eat at him. Take Bobby Knight, for instance. If he’d left IU for Purdue or Michigan, those respective fan bases would have worshiped him. But he had enough integrity not to pull a move like that.



    • Theresa Brewer
      2:10 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Well, we are the same way about Cal. We ask folks to give him a pass for Camby and Rose, but demand that Pitino be fired for what is a much tamer allegation that he also obviously had no reason to know about. Camby played for Cal while being paid as a professional, and Rose paid another student to take his entrance exam — he should never have been allowed to play college sports at all because he never went to high school classes. Yet we find out that the Cardinals were having SEX as college kids, and suddenly it is the end of higher education and athletics as we know it. OMG! SEX! This is all a tempest in a teapot. The perverted coach who was paying for the hookers should be punished, but the rest of us should move on. Above all, let’s not hold Pitino to a different standard than the one we ourselves hold Cal to.
      And those of you who bought the hooker’s book should be ashamed.



    • J-Dub421
      2:23 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      A much tamer allegation??? Are you serious Theresa??? Camby took money from an agent, and Coach Cal is the one who told him to turn himself in and cooperate with the NCAA. As for Rose, there is zero proof that someone else took his ACT or SAT, and the NCAA investigated him and cleared him to play TWICE before the start of the season then retroactively declared him ineligible and vacated Memphis’ season. Do you seriously think that either of those single incidents is worse than an assistant coach hiring hookers for recruits and players??? It’s more than just sex, it’s impermissible benefits and recruiting violations which went on for FOUR years. U of L suddenly had the best recruiting classes they’ve ever had during this period.



    • Umm...
      2:28 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^ this might be the greatest comment I’ve ever read on here. Lol. Holy shit. Wow.

      These people walk among us, folks!!

      “We”…. Ha!



    • MadOtter
      2:34 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I’d dare to say half the Kentucky fan base scrutinizes Cal on a regular basis, whether it be his coaching style, employment of available talent, and/or the way he to chooses recruit and graduate players. You obviously must never listen to the call-in show. He could win the next ten championships, and three or four people would call in with “constructive criticism”. Cal also wasn’t publicly exposed in an extremely humiliating sex scandal, wherein he coaxed one of his closest assistants into marrying a woman with whom he’d had adulteress relations, and a possible offspring. It’s true that the bs flows pretty freely from Cal’s mouth 24/7. But, again, no scandals thus far at UK. And yeah, prior to the UK job, I though Calipari was a bit of a grease-ball. but I also admired his ability and zeal even back to the Umass days. Last thing. Cal didn’t leave Memphis for UL, Tennessee, or Cincy. He could have taken any of those jobs, and become an immediate rockstar. But he didn’t. It’s the equivalent of marrying your sibling’s ex without their blessing or permission. Yes, it does happen; just isn’t considered kosher by the ethical standards of most.



    • BAdams
      2:44 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Theresa, are you really that dumb? Just as I told a Lville fan the other day when he said, “well you UK fans keep saying Cal didn’t know anything about it”, there is a big difference between the situations. Camby took money from an agent in his HOMETOWN. Derrick Rose allegedly had someone else take his SAT in his HOMETOWN. These UL accusations happened ON CAMPUS, IN THE DORM NAMED AFTER HIS FATHER-IN-LAW! There is no comparing these situations. McGee supposedly paid people to strip and have sex with recruits. Two which who had committed, but luckily for them decommitted. It’s not about them having sex, its about the fact that a staff member paid people for it which is impermissible benefits and not to mention, ILLEGAL.



    • Ha!
      3:21 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Syphilis is a bitch. Ain’t that right, Theresa Brewer? 😉

      #L1CWHORE
      #OTLCrushedYou
      #LaughingAtYouNotWithYou



    • Reasonable Rick
      5:00 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Theresa:
      Perhaps you should heed Mark Twain’s words:
      “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”



    • Megan
      6:20 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Theresa, UK fans should be more educated about this. Camby took $28,000 from two agents before the NCAA tournament. That’s why UMass forfeited only those four games (it was not placed on probation, as Bobby Knight likes to say). It was reported that he also took jewelry, rental cars, and yes, prostitutes for him and his friends.

      And no, there was no evidence that someone else took Rose’s SAT in Detroit (his hometown was Chicago). A handwriting expert refused to certify the signature wasn’t his. That’s why the NCAA cleared him to play. There was only an anonymous tip given to the Illinois attorney general’s office, which the AG passed on to the NCAA. The ETS invalidated his score after the season was over for not cooperating with its investigation, not for academic fraud. As Cal says, the NCAA vacated an entire season without knowing whether Rose took his own test. To this day, they can’t tell you whether he did or didn’t. He maintains that he did, for what that’s worth.



  17. papasnapper
    12:27 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Does anyone know if the reporters hounded the two players about the scandal? Sure that if Jerry Tipton was there, we would have asked several times. Hope that they just left the players to dealing stuff pertinent to the current team.
    All Pitino would have needed to do was to attend, open his segment with one comment stating that there would be no questions regarding the problems, and move on.



    • Jatt Mones
      12:41 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Jerry Tipton would have asked them if they wanted to 69 with him back at his place at the Red Roof Inn.



    • BlueRedneck
      12:44 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Tipton would have wanted to know whether or not the Ho’s had bald eagles.



    • Walter Cronkite
      2:29 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      I agree papasnapper the players should only be asked questions that are pertinent to the current team. A recruiting scandal that could lead to them being banned from the past season this year has no relevancy at all.



    • seefus
      3:50 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      tipturd asked them if skal has been cleared yet



  18. BlueRedneck
    12:46 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Some of the stuff that Cal spouts has to be taken with a grain of salt, but even on his worst day, he cannot hold a candle to “the godfather” when it comes to lying. RP has a bright future as a politician when he leaves he job at Louisville.



  19. Elmer Skaggs
    12:57 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Come on guys, must we laugh at Pitino every day? Yes, yes we must. Dude is a moron. #L1C4nicate



  20. Tom Blevins
    1:09 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t like Rick Pitino. I first had some questions about him when, during the 95-96 season, he bit a fan’s head off. (I mean in the figurative sense, not the literal sense.) I was disappointed in him when he took the job as Louisville’s head coach, and tried to make U of L THE University of Kentucky. I was more disappointed in him when the scandal involving sex in the restaurant broke a few years ago. Now comes this current scandal. There is no evidence that he actually knew about the sex for pay in the athletic dorm while it was going on, but he has not handled himself well since the news broke. That said, I don’t actually fault him for telling his players that this edition of the Cards is his best team in 40 years of coaching. That’s coach speak, and he’s trying to get his team to live up to what he said. Will they actually become his best team ever? I would be more surprised than if I were to draw 4 of a kind to an ace kicker in a poker game with nothing wild. And I haven’t played poker in over 20 years. But his statement could make them a better team than what they would have been without it.



  21. Chicken Bleep
    1:13 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino not showing up at the ACC media day is the most blatant lack of personal responsibility I’ve ever seen by a coach. Show up and face the music, you arrogant beyotch!



  22. kramer
    1:27 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    I also realized today why Drew Deener and his station are on the side of Pitino and UL, they are airing the UL game, their scrimmage or something, this weekend, and Drew is doing the broadcast on TV. Obviously he doesn’t want UL or Jurich to blacklist him, so he tows the “party” line!



    • UKBlue1!
      2:08 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Deener is employed by UL. There is no towing the party line, he is the party.



  23. android guy
    2:10 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    You didn’t get the entire quote: “This is my best team in 40 years of coaching…at stuffing dollars in garters.”



  24. Fred
    6:17 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe RP wanted to see if you would be foolish enough to post it. There must be a reason his banner hangs in Rupp.



    • Dude
      6:41 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      A lot can change in 20 years.



  25. DesignatedDrinker
    8:30 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    The year before Rick came to UK, he coached the Knicks to a 52-30 record and division title with Patrick Ewing. They lost in the playoffs to MJ. It’s safe to say that, that is the best team he has coached. And the ’96 UK team being the greatest NCAA basketball team of all time, is the best college team he has coached. He’s lost his mind completely.