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Rick Pitino Could Stay in Greece, Give up College Basketball “Forever”

(Photo via Eurohoops.net)

(Photo via Eurohoops.net)

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

11 Comments for Rick Pitino Could Stay in Greece, Give up College Basketball “Forever”



  1. Headhurts
    8:27 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    Yawn, back to sleep.



  2. sincitycat
    8:40 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    I second the yawn…there’s nothing to see here.



  3. Cletis75
    8:49 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    He’s just trying to push someone’s hand to bring him back! He’s no Jedi!



    • JLP
      8:53 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

      Does “forever” include the possibility of the Greek team firing him?



  4. CPACAT
    9:00 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    Or next Thursday, whichever comes is most expedient for him at the moment.



  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:35 pm June 14, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is a long way from being done with UofLittle brother so he aint getting an offer from anyone here in the USA. There must not be any infractions to violate in greece or he would be gone from there too.



  6. Brad
    8:08 am June 15, 2019 Permalink

    24 hours later Rick Pitino agrees to become the next coach at the university of …… blah blah. Lies



  7. UKinmyblood
    8:34 am June 15, 2019 Permalink

    Say what you will, but the guy can coach.



    • BobbyBlue
      3:11 pm June 15, 2019 Permalink

      That doesn’t give him the right to continually play the victim card
      Forever !

      forever !



    • UKinmyblood
      4:50 pm June 15, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. I’m not endorsing him as a human being, but the little sh*t can coach. He’d be a top 5 bench coach in D1 if he did make his way back.



  8. mashman 93
    9:44 am June 15, 2019 Permalink

    Oh Rick if you had only chosen Michigan or UNLV back in 2001 maybe #BBN would still love you. I said maybe. I do appreciate the eight years at Kentucky.