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Rick Pitino says Adidas has never gotten him one player, which might explain why he can’t get one elite player

The University of Louisville’s deal with Adidas is only for apparel, not for new players, according to Rick Pitino at his press conference today. Rick and his Cardinals prefer Adidas’ clothing, uniforms and shoes, but have never relied on the brand to land a recruit.

The same can’t be said for Nike and Under Armour schools, he says. #ShotsFired?

“I will say this: Adidas has not one time gotten me a basketball player in my 15 years here. Nike or Under Armour they will–not doing anything wrong–when those players go to those camps, you know which schools are Nike schools and which schools are Under Armour schools and they go after… Adidas is just not like that. They don’t promote their schools to recruits. They just don’t do that… Adidas has not one time directed a player my way, and I never once asked them for my help.”

A couple of observations here:

— Rick does not honestly prefer Adidas, nor does anyone in that locker room. True story: I once saw a former U of L basketball player at a Foot Locker in Louisville about a month after graduation, and he was buying lots of new Nike shoes. He told an employee he and his teammates couldn’t wait to get out of their Adidas shoes and into Nikes, and they had been looking forward to it for years. (That being said, Adidas shoes have improved recently, although Yeezy has not jumped over Jumpman, as he claims.)

— There is no way Pitino likes these:

— If your shoe deal is hurting your recruiting, maybe it’s time for a new shoe deal. Rick can say he doesn’t need Adidas’ help, but in this day and age, shoes are everything in basketball.

— The dig at Nike and Under Armour was salty.

— He wants shoe companies completely out of basketball recruiting. Meanwhile, everyone else wants hookers completely out of basketball recruiting. Did Katina help him get a basketball player in his 15 years?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

34 Comments for Rick Pitino says Adidas has never gotten him one player, which might explain why he can’t get one elite player

  1. FBI Informant
    5:20 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    Look, another Pitino article, followed by awkward stalking story about eavesdropping on UL players at Foot Locker. Jeez this stuff makes UK fans look dumb. Seriously, who goes to Foot Locker since the Internet was invented?

    • J-Dub421
      5:32 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      ^^^^ So says the awkward stalker U of L fan who can’t stay off a UK fan site.

    • 4everblue
      5:55 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Do UofL fan sites exist? Being a UK fan I can’t imagine a good reason to visit one, but then I am a fan of the winningest college basketball program in the country so I can see why UofL fans troll the UK fan sites cause you don’t really have anything but jealousy….sad.

    • Booby Petrino
      6:04 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Always a good laugh when the Louisville fans come here and call anyone obsessed. You can always count on FBI for a laugh!

    • cats paw
      6:53 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      the better laugh is you not knowing its UK fans that are laughing at you!

    • scorpiocard
      7:33 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      This is a uk fan site??? How strange. It seems like about half the articles are either about U of L, or U of L is mentioned in them or the comment threads.

      I’ve never seen a U of L fan site constantly talking about uk the way this one does about U of L. Talk about obsessed. lol

    • UKBlue1
      8:29 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Kinda like the way Rick always some how brings up UK: like comparing next year UL team to UK 96 team.

    • scorpiocard
      8:37 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      He does indeed bring up uk a lot, but he also brings up players from his other teams too. Providence, and even the Celtics. Most often its uk tough. He brings up past U of L players too.

      He has a thing about comparing current players and teams to past players and teams. Its just something he does.

      Obviously the 96 uk team was a special team.

    • Booby Petrino
      10:18 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Aw, the rest of the troll flock came to add to the comedy. Shocking. Fact is, I wouldn’t know what UofL boards are talking about because I don’t troll them. The only way you know sense ksr is posting is because you sweat UK. We know you’re jealous that your coach still pines for UK, and ksr posts about it to get the hits, and you morons keep dropping money in their pockets just to come call us obsessed. Oh irony, always something UofL fans miss.

    • Booby Petrino
      10:19 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      *what, not sense. Swipe text error

    • 4everblue
      12:04 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      Bottom line is we OWN U of L in basketball. L’s down!

    • scorpiocard
      9:45 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      So Booby, what you are saying is ksr is so desperate for hits that they have to resort to posting about U of L to get U of L fans on here to earn a living. I’m okay with that. Glad to help big brother out. I don’t mind them getting hits. Looking at the post counts on the threads I can see they need some help. You act like it’s supposed to bother me that U of L fans are giving them hits. Obviously we could not care less. Too bad they need us so bad they cannot stick to covering uk. No U of L sites cover uk like ksr does U of L lmao

  2. FBI Informant
    5:21 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    Male shoe shopping has got to be one of the gayest things of all time. Franklin, do you parade your new shoes in the mirror at the store? Or is your head too far up the UL players asses that you stalked into the store?

    • Drew Franklin
      5:24 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think it’s quite as gay as leaving anonymous comments on the internet

    • Dusten
      5:31 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Oh snap, we’ve got an exchange of fire. Seriously, though, FBI Informant. Brooding around opposing fanbase websites and whining in the comment section is much more sad than being gay.

    • Booby Petrino
      6:06 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      FBI has a crush on Drew. Watch yo back, Drew, he’s probably outside of your window right now.

  3. leon singleton
    5:37 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky uniforms remind me of a Checker cab.

  4. Souf beach Lou
    7:05 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    I think pitino is making a play for his preferred brand ‘Head’

    • satcheluk
      6:01 pm June 1, 2016 Permalink

      I was thinking they might go with purple velvet British Knights -kind of a Crowne theme.

  5. UKBlue1
    8:26 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    If UL switched to Nike & still couldn’t land top recruits, then what would be the excuse? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s UL & Rick, the fact Rick was involved in a high profile sex scandal or the fact the entire basketball team dorm turned into a strip club. Look out for that ceiling !! UL had strippers that slept with recruits & their guardians & they still couldn’t land so said recruits. Kinda hard to sell your program in a living room to Mom, Dad, Grandmother or whoever when the elephant in the room is a stripper scandal in the basketball dorm. Oh & the fact Rick sends virtually no one to the NBA.

    • scorpiocard
      8:54 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Not sure what all this silly talk about not landing top recruits is about. I don’t obsessively follow basketball recruiting like some do, but wasn’t his last year’s class ranked in the top 5? Isn’t VJ King in this most recent class a top rated recruit? Our class this year is not rated high because it is so small because we have everybody (except Nanu, Lee and Lewis of course) coming back. We are two deep at every position, and ranked in the top 10 in just about every preseason poll.

      And aren’t we the ones who won the last NC that was won around these parts?

      You act like we are hurting over here. Hilarious.

      And btw…cal sends no one to the NBA. Players who are already going to the NBA stop off at uk for one or two seasons. These players would be going to the NBA no matter where they played college ball. Get real.

      If you want to take digs at U of L and Pitino, then at least post something that makes sense. However painful and embarrassing the stripper scandal has been it has not effected recruiting at all as far as I can see. King still chose to come here. He is about all we needed this year to take over for Lee’s scoring production.

    • Booby Petrino
      10:25 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

      Lol at the “last ones to win a championship” line. It’s all you have. Yes, you won one the year after we won, as little brother likes to try to follow big brother’s lead. Heck, you even signed our old coach, just trying to copy us. Don’t we have more than you? Don’t we also have 8 wins over you in 9 games since cals been here? Cal owns Rick, and it’s glorious to watch.

    • theWilkman
      9:57 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      “However painful and embarrassing the stripper scandal has been it has not effected recruiting at all as far as I can see”

      UofL fans are the best entertainment

    • scorpiocard
      9:59 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      Talk about only having one go to…

      scorpio: Hey ewe kay fan, let’s talk about football. I’ve got to go see my team win 3 major bowl games. Why has your football team sucked so bad for decades?
      ewe Kay fan: but but but baskeetbawl!
      scorpio: yeah yeah basketball. ewe kay has won 4 titles in my lifetime, U of L 3. You guys are better, but basketball is great for us too. Let’s talk baseball. We’ve been to 3 CWS. Why is your team the only one in the SEC never to make it to a Super Regional round, and why do your facilities suck so bad?
      ewe kay fan: but but but baskeetbawl!
      scorpio: Dang boy. Is that all you know? Let’s talk about soccer. We make deep tourney runs and played in the title game a few years ago. Too bad you’re stuck 8n C-USA because the SEC doesn’t have soccer.
      ewe kay fan: but but but BASKEETBAWL!!!
      scorpio: Yeah okay women’s basketball. Our team has played in the title game twice. Why has yours never made a Final Four ever?
      ewe kay fan: No No No! MEN’S BASKEETBAWL!!!!
      scorpio: Yeah well these are the most popular sports in America, and you suck at all but one of them. Cute little one sport athletic program you got there big bro LMAO

    • J-Dub421
      10:27 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      Wow, you sure waste A LOT of time trolling. Also, did you just bring up women’s basketball when we’ve beaten you 5 years in a row?

    • theWilkman
      10:29 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      Again, UofL fans are great entertainment. Thanks for spending your entire day on KSR

  6. RexRox
    10:19 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    Just because a high school player is rated as a five-star doesn’t mean they are automatically going to the NBA. In fact, Cal has a much better record with five-stars than Pitino does.

    And BTW, Kansas is also an Adidas school and they don’t seem to have a problem recruiting. I believe that, without question, the number one reason an outstanding high school player chooses a particular school is the possibility of that coach getting them to the league.

  7. Buster
    11:50 pm May 31, 2016 Permalink

    A new low, even for this crap. Can’t believe the sites been changed to LouisvilleSportsRadio?!

    Fact is, UK guys are always in stuff besides Nikes and are REGULARLY asked to change out of their preferred apparel/shoes and into Nikes to save face. Just because UK is Nike Elite, doesn’t mean we’re Nike Exclusive.

    • Mathlete
      9:08 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      Last time I checked, Louisville is in Kentucky. It’s still a story about sports that happened in Kentucky. The main difference being that any time KSR reports on Louisville basketball it doesn’t take much more than the truth (and, to be fair, a little editing) to sound like they’re trolling them.

    • theWilkman
      9:58 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

      They sure as hell don’t prefer adidas.

  8. Collie
    12:15 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

    Ricky p must be tired of footing the bill for the Nike aqua socks on the visit to the dorm. Doest matter much what he says though, he shouldnt be there too much longer anyways.

  9. Bobbum Man
    1:04 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

    “And I never once asked them for my help”. pretty sure Adidas would want his help recruiting kids to their brand

  10. nybrasky
    7:38 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

    What’s the context of these comments? Did they just sign a new deal or something? If not, with Ricky P being a sociopath and pathological liar, this almost smells like he’s trying to get out ahead of something. Is there another shoe to drop (see what I did there) soon?

  11. Jiminy Crickets
    9:12 am June 1, 2016 Permalink

    This is sad on Ricky P’s part because he has pined for years, and so have the UL fans, to get out of the Adidas contract. They have 2 years left on it and Jurich has already said “we will test the waters”. There’s been a lot of big schools recently leave Adidas and join UA for large contracts, and the UL fan base is screaming to do the same (they collectively HATE Adidas), and a large article was written in the courier Journal about this yesterday. Him responding to this seems very OLD MAN like, and shows he has very thin skin (both literally and figuratively)