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Pitino says he has seven or eight NBA players

Rick Pitino told a funny joke recently. He said he has seven or eight players on Louisville’s current roster that will play in the NBA someday. I’m being completely serious right now. He really said that. Swear.

“I think we are just scratching the surface,” Pitino told The Sporting News. “I’ve got a lot of guys right now, seven or eight guys on the team, who aren’t one-and-dones but will play in the NBA someday.”

Yeah, and I’m Denzel Washington.

Terry Rozier, who will soon become Rick’s fourth player in the league, took a shot at John Calipari’s system when talking about his former coach. He said, “(Pitino) wants to get to know them. You don’t get to know someone genuinely, like their life story, if he just has them for one year. It’s not a sincere deal.”

Pitino added, “We don’t have one and dones. I’m not against one and dones, but the guys we need are like Montrezl and Terry – ranked in the top 60 and they need a year or two of development, then they move on.”

This is too good. Rick pretending he prefers Top 60 players and saying he has seven or eight NBA guys on Louisville’s roster when he only has one in the league that actually sees the floor. Gorgui is his one and Karl Towns is about to eat his minutes. The other two are Earl Clark and Russ Smith, who played a combined 158 minutes last season. That’s not even three more hours of playing time than you and I got last season.

I honestly can’t name seven or eight Louisville players without Google. I can’t wait to see them in the NBA soon.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

37 Comments for Pitino says he has seven or eight NBA players

  1. J-Dub421
    12:15 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe he meant the Nigirian Basketball Association??

    • theWilkman
      3:29 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink


  2. BigBlueBoom
    12:19 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    With Pitino’s way of thinking, when he said “15 seconds” that means it was more like 5 seconds.

  3. realme
    12:21 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Rick’s trying to be a PR machine for his program/players (like Cal), but he doesn’t have the credibility or subtlety needed to do that. So the result is he sounds absolutely silly.

  4. RealityOnly
    12:24 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    I bet he has as much success with those “future” NBA’ers as he did with the ones he coached in the league 😜

  5. J-Dub421
    12:27 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Harrell will end up as a back-up in the NBA at best. Rozier will be playing in Europe or Asia within 2 years.

  6. JW
    12:36 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    So is 2 years enough time for Terry to tell his life story? Terry only played 2 years, so he must not be sincere.

    12:40 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    When Rick spouts nonsense like this, there is no discernable difference between him and a crack – smoking fool.

  8. Scuffy McGee
    12:52 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Can Pitino ever just give a normal interview without some extreme hyperbole?? Someone needs to keep a running list:

    “Mike Marra is the best shooter I’ve ever seen”
    “Russ Smith is the closest thing Ive seen to Allen Iverson”
    “I’ve been coaching 100 years and [Colorado State] is the best second round that I’ve ever faced.”
    “[Rakeem Christmas] is the most feared low post player in the country”
    “Chane Behanan is indefinitely suspended”
    “My team has 7-8 future NBA players”

    What are the others?

  9. Hubcat
    1:02 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    It is sad when UL fans have to watch the WNBA just to see former UL basketball players in the pros. Coach Walz is better at developing talent than Coach Pitino.

  10. Al B. Frank
    1:05 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    It’s “Little Brother Syndrome” at it’s finest. Almost everything Pitino says is some thinly-veiled shot at Calipari and/or UK. Shows you how much Cal & the Cats are on his mind. By comparison, rarely does Cal ever make mention or even allude to Pitino and the Cards.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:00 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Cal has been living rent-free in Pitino’s head for awhile now. Almost as sad as it is funny. Almost.

  11. RICK
    1:19 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    He will end up one day being ask to leave the program the same way they did Crum. He should retire now and save some face.

    • BigBlueBoom
      1:42 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Idk, Jurich is as sleazy as he is so he’ll probably keep him around as long as he can get them at least in the tourney. He keeps extending his contract, they seem to be two peas in a slimy pod.

    • ukjaybrat
      2:42 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      he just got a contract extension. i doubt jurich has any plans to get rid of him any time soon…

  12. David
    1:55 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This is not meant to be taken as a slam against a former UK player, because its not. But I remember when Rick compared Jared Prickett to Larry Bird. That just goes to show you that Rick really knows nothing about NBA players.

    • CPACAT
      2:43 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Dirt-mouth could get up like Larry could(n’t) though!

    • catdaddyd
      5:13 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      I believe he called Pelphrey UK’s, version of Larry Bird.

  13. Laker Cat 18
    1:58 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This Rick fella is a complete psychopath.

  14. alinIndy
    2:14 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Are you sure this was from an interview with Sporting News and NOT the Comedy Channel!!!!!

  15. Android Guy
    2:49 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    The full quote was, “I have seven or eight guys who are NBA Live ’16 players because they love EA Sports.”

  16. BluKudzu
    2:57 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    8 NBA players. The dude can spew more hot air than a jet engine pushing mach 2.

  17. KyTenorman
    3:04 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t know why we give any time or space to Coach Pitino or any other Louisville supportter like The Underdogs, etc. WHy does KSR help support their listenership? Being friends with host is one thing, but helping their numbers is another. UofL is not worth our time or support. Pitino hasn’t developed 7 NBA players in the past 7 years, what a joke!

  18. bob
    3:11 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Ricky P does not have filter. He says anything. If he thinks he has 8 NBA players on his team right now he is delusional. Russ Smith is like Allen Iverson? When you know Pitino is lying is when his lips are moving. He can’t tell the truth about anything except one thing. The biggest mistake he ever made was leaving UK. However now that I can see what a charlatan the man is, I’m glad he’s gone.

  19. UK Freshmen
    3:21 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This site is more obsessed with Louisville and Pitino than UK.

    • UKBlue
      3:26 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      When he says something stupid it’s open season

    • ukjaybrat
      8:06 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      i don’t see how that is even remotely the truth. that would imply that there are more articles about pitino/louisville than anything else related to UK athletics… which is just not the case. now go back to the card chronicle and read another article about how pitino is going to convince vj king to flush his nba career away while he wastes three years of his life under pitino’s thumb.. L1C7 ya’ll !!!

  20. BtownUKFan
    3:24 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Rozier needs to be slitch bapped. I guess that one extra year provided him and Pitino the opportunity to bond. What a joke. I feel sorry for Pitino, but guys like Rat Forde continue to quote him like he’s some kind of messiah while the rest of us recognize his delusional view of his players and their potential.

  21. UKBlue
    3:25 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    What else is Rick supposed to say; he has to keep feeding the delusional UL fans with nonsense. Rick hasn’t had a team with 7 – 8 future NBA players on it since 96 at UK.

  22. Tony
    4:24 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Yall some jealous mf’s lmao. You know its coming this yr I guess. A sweep in all sports!

    • Ummm...
      4:49 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Enlighten us. What could we be possibly jealous of exactly? Don’t forget to use English.

    • J-Dub421
      5:11 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      A sweep by Kentucky in all sports.

    • EA
      6:19 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      UK is very likely to sweep the major sports. Basketball is a guaranteed win for UK. Football game is @ CWS and UK is much improved from last year; where they barely lost at UL. As for the other’s; UK is better in almost all sports..Track, Women’s Bball, Softball, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, etc..UK has been beating UL consistently in all of these. Baseball is the only sport UL has a clear cut advantage and UK will probably still win one of two there. Nice try, though Tony.

    • RexRox
      6:44 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      You are correct, moron. There will be a sweep in all major sports, except it will be by UK. It absolutely kills me when Pitino and the loserville fans say they don’t want ‘one-and-done’ players. Well, ya wanted Trey Lyles, didn’t ya?!? On the other hand, if he had attended loserville he would not have been one-and-done.

      You want a good laugh? Google all the McDonalds All-America players loserville has had since riki got there. Then try to tell me how he ‘develops players’. Laughable!!

    • ukjaybrat
      8:08 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      rexrox… went after teague too… didn’t get him neither

  23. Joe
    12:12 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Guess this is the only thing for UK to talk about since the biggest headline they’ve made is what Harrison said about Kaminsky. So close yet so far. I never get in this horseshit site, but to sit here and watch you all boast about a underachieving basketball program and a never has been football program is comical. How do you not when a title with 9 NBA selections? Pathetic. Don’t be butt hurt because you all could have been Duke-like if Pitino stayed.

  24. WSBowles
    7:19 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    just remember, with all the one-and-dones Calipari paid for last year, they only won one more game in the tourney than Pitino and his scrubs you rag on.