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Rick Pitino is back in the coaching ranks, set to lead Greek National team

(Photo via Eurohoops.net)

(Photo via Eurohoops.net)

Rick Pitino is back in the coaching game.

This morning, the former Louisville and Kentucky basketball coach confirmed on his Twitter page that he would be taking over as the Greek national team head coach as they look to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

Coaching in the Greek League with Panathinaikos during the 2018-19 season, Pitino led the team to a league championship before turning down an offer to return as president and coach in June.

With this move, Pitino will start coaching the team for the Olympic qualifying tournament from June 23-28, with Greece being one of 24 teams competing for four Olympic bids.

“Obviously it’s a great honor for me to accept this position, and I’m looking forward to it,” Pitino said, via ESPN. “I’ll spend most of the winter, once the brackets are announced, studying the film and we’ll go to work.”

With Greece, Pitino will have the opportunity to coach Milwaukee Bucks superstar and 2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who played for his home country at the World Cup this summer.

Pitino coached at Kentucky from 1989-1997 before taking a job with the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. He then took over as head coach at Louisville from 2001-2017.

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19 Comments for Rick Pitino is back in the coaching ranks, set to lead Greek National team



  1. Wade
    12:35 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Was he really at Louisville for that long



    • gobble gobble
      1:20 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure why you think it’s a good idea to post an entire Rick article on a Kentucky website… nothing to do with UK sports



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    12:35 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. An entire article about Pitino with no jokes. You are slipping, KSR. 😉



    • Jack Pilgrim
      12:47 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      I had it written “He then took over as head coach at Louisville from 2001-2017 before he was fired for, well, strippers.” I should have kept it as is, sorry I failed you all.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:53 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t even call them the L word anymore, they are U6. Still wish Pitino had not left here, we would be numero uno in titles right now. This is not a bash of Cal just a fact based on what Pitino did his short time here.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:06 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      mashbum, funny he got caught cheating and you respect him, you accuse Cal of cheating yet there’s never been any evidence linking him to cheating and you hate him. What would you have done when Rick recruited one and dones?



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:24 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      You pick and choose who and what you criticize to fit your narrative. Yeah if Rick had stayed here we may have had more titles but zero integrity, just like UofLittleBrother. You now have less credibility than Rick.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:19 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      4ever, yes sir – kudos for calling out his bias of hatred.



    • Bluehender
      1:49 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Lol 4ever..



  3. ColoradoCatFan88
    12:57 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Good for him!



  4. ukkatzfan
    1:03 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Taking “Greek Freak” to a whole new level. Go coach-2 !!!



  5. UKBigBlueForever
    1:06 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    If Pitino coached longer at UK he would look like the evil emperor in Star Wars. Wait, he already does



  6. sprtphan
    1:14 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    You do you Rick!



  7. JGo
    2:50 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Why are we posting this article on KSR? No care for this individual what so ever. Please stop posting articles about this individual.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:01 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Just a thought but maybe… because he is one of our prior head coaches who led us out of probation and eventually to a National Championship. Followed by being a target of our anger as head coach of our arch rival.



  8. runningunnin.454
    2:54 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Great, maybe a chance to coach against the good ol’ USA; not sure that’s a good idea. Of course Cal coached the Dominican team; but, they didn’t qualify for the Olympics. We did get KAT, though.



  9. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:32 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Whether you like him or not, Kentucky still possibly only has 5 NCAA titles if he doesn’t come.



  10. BlueByYou
    4:22 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Why do people consistently bitch about articles they feel don’t belong on KSR? Instead of being butt hurt, just don’t read the damn article if you are that offended. You ain’t paying nothing so you ain’t owed nothing. Grow up!



    • Stuck on Blue
      6:22 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Some people just look for any reason to bitch about this site, yet they keep coming back. Hard to understand some people.