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Rick Pitino, Jamal Mashburn reportedly teaming up to buy French basketball team

Rick Pitino and Jamal Mashburn are looking to team up again, this time to buy a French basketball team.

According to La Republique des Pyrenees, Pitino, Mashburn, and former New York Knicks coach Stu Jackson are interested in purchasing French Jeep Elite Pro A team Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez, EBPL.

Pitino later confirmed the report to Greek website Gazzetta, adding that it’s part of a long play to bring back the Seattle SuperSonics.

“I am part of the group looking for a way to bring back the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA,” Pitino said. “My suggestion was to first purchase a team in Europe for us to gain relevant experience.”

According to the report, negotiations were launched “several months ago” and a final agreement is close.

Pitino, who was hired as the head coach at Iona back in March 2020, coached for Panathinaikos – a Greek professional basketball team – from 2018 to 2020. Among other coaching opportunities, Pitino was the head coach at Kentucky from 1989-1997, winning a title with the program in 1996.

As for Mashburn, the Wildcat legend played under Pitino at Kentucky from 1990 to 1993, earning consensus First Team All-America honors and being named SEC Player of the Year as a junior.

Now, the legendary duo is set to team up as owners of a professional basketball team.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Rick Pitino, Jamal Mashburn reportedly teaming up to buy French basketball team

  1. blueblood80
    5:10 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

    Jamal Mashburn has been a significant financial success story since his playing days ended. He was a damn good ball player, and even better at soundly investing money. He may get ridicule for his selected partner, but one can count on this to be a calculated risk, with great return.

  2. pbjuk
    5:21 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

    Second-to-last and third-to-last paragraph funny. Filling up space with the English teacher.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    5:22 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

    Jamal better do his homework, it could turn out to be a French brothel or strip joint….

    • ClutchCargo
      6:31 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

      I know you’re being facetious here, but Mashburn is a very smart businessman.

  4. runningunnin.454
    6:42 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

    Are there any Italian restaurants in France? Wonder if a French restaurant would do?

  5. blueblood80
    6:53 pm January 21, 2021 Permalink

    Yes, he owns more than 90 businesses, and is worth about 50 mil. His success after BB is well documented. Seriously!