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REPORT: Rick Pitino has spoken with the Cleveland Cavaliers about head coaching job

Could former Louisville head coach be headed back to the states? At least one organization may be interested in making it happen.

According to Hall of Fame journalist Peter Vecsey, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been in contact with Pitino about their head coaching vacancy.

Back in October, Pitino told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that he’s interested in returning to the NBA and has been studying the league.

“I just want to be a part of an organization,” he said. “I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I’m using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I’d have deep interest in it.”

He added that his coaching style would translate to today’s NBA game with ease.

“I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization,” he said. “That’s my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success.”

Pitino coached Greek team Panathinaikos this past season, leading them to the Greek Cup Championship. He had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics before transitioning to the college game.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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31 Comments for REPORT: Rick Pitino has spoken with the Cleveland Cavaliers about head coaching job

  1. friendsofcoal
    12:44 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    He’ll get the job and then get fired after 2-3 years.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:37 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      I wish he would have never left UK, wow what could have been. He says looking back it was a mistake but how can we blame him with the money they threw at him. Sadly now is the right time for him to take an NBA job if offered.

    • blueblood4life
      2:21 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly! If he would have stayed would have been a dynasty no doubt!

    • KYCat4EVER
      5:42 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON Mash! When any member of BBN talks about our current coach, Coach Process, being the perfect match for UK…. immediately Coach Pitino at UK from his first steps on campus was THEE Perfect Match…




      and Calipari…. is PROSTITUTING KENTUCKY BASKETBALL to the NBA…

      GO BIG BLUE!

    • Jazz1124
      6:43 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Fairly certain Barnhart and Cal has been fantastic for UK my dude.

    • mashman 93
      9:49 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      You are pathetic.

    • nocode96
      1:23 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Is there even a need to reply to mash and kycat4ever? They both contradict themselves right here in this thread and neither see how foolish and stupid they are. If Pitino would’ve stayed here, he may have 1 more ship, but he would’ve left us in ruins just like he did U6. You think he only changed and became a dirt, low-life, rule breaking cheater AFTER he left UK? Please, he would’ve taken UK fiwn just like he did U6.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:47 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      But but but in all his years of coaching he’s only won one championship! How can it be that two of the biggest trolls who believe only championships make a coach great wish he was our coach??? Cal owns Rick and didn’t have to use hookers. Oh and Rick has been directly related to cheating and been stripped of a title. You two jackasses get more ridiculous every time you comment.

    • makeitstop
      8:12 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Thank u 4everUKBblue – I wonder how sad a life it is to troll another team’s site. I can’t keep up on one site of my actual team let alone find time to troll Duke or U6 pretending to be a fan.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      9:05 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, Rick is a great coach. But clearly isn’t against breaking rules or vows. Mashburnfan and KYCAT4NEVER prove just how big of hypocrites they are! Pitino won once, lost in the finals, left us for the NBA. They loathe Cal for more success and longevity here than Pitino.

    • Rixter
      9:38 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Using the words ‘Pitino’ and “Cleveland head job’ in the same sentence makes all this nonsense worthwhile.

    • henderblue
      9:38 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Spot on 4ever…Cal has OWNED Rick. And Rick has only won ONE!!

    • makeitstop
      9:45 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Rixter, that’s funny!

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:40 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Rupp coached when seven schools cared about basketball.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:07 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Funny mashbumfan/Kfanboy you said “He says looking back it was a mistake but how can we blame him with the money they threw at him,” yet you constantly ridicule the players for choosing to become millionaires rather than come back for another year. Typical how you pick and choose bits and pieces to fit you twisted narrative.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:52 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      4ever liar please tell me one time when I made fun of any player that left for the millions, you won’t find it. Quit making things up about me as I have always said who can blame them we would do the same. I do say when I feel they are not ready, like Keldon is not ready since he has no pro position but never blamed or bashed him for taking the money. I blame the NBA for the one and done stupidity, not sure who to blame for your stupidity.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:00 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      And naturally I don’t agree with what was done at U6, but would he have done that here? There would have been no reason to as he would have had his pick of players, we would be turning away kids we take even now. I really believe we would be getting 5 of top 10 almost every year with what he would have built here. Look at K getting the top players and he would have nothing on what Pitino could have had here after all those years, Pitino would have been Wooden like. and before we make fun of a coach losing wins remember our coach had wins vacated at both Schools he left {of course he knew nothing either, like Rick claims} so lets wait and see if our wins stay.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:31 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      mashbumfan/Kfanboy you’re a liar of the worst kind, I don’t have the time or he give a shit to look for it but I’ve seen it. IF? Shoulda, coulda, woulda? Let’s stick to what has happened not would could’ve or does that not fit your narrative. He has one, numero uno titles and has coached several years longer than Cal and Cal owns his ass, period! To this day there has been no connection to Cal and those incidents and I challenge you to find proof of otherwise. But wait, that would require you to do some honest research, which you’re incapable of. And much to your disappointment our wins are going nowhere. You prove yourself to be a bigger idiot every time you comment, I look at your posts as comic relief, youre a clown.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:34 pm April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Code, you’re 100% correct, they’re both idiots and unworthy of acknowledgment. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  2. eyebleedblue
    7:27 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    Here is hoping he gets a shot at redemption on a holiday about resurrection. He is risen.
    Matthew 28:6

  3. makeitstop
    7:55 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    KyCat cannot really be a UK fan. That is the dumbest post I’ve ever read on here. Bootstrapping an non sequitor on two truisms using the logic of CAPS LOCK. Good grief. U want humiliation, FakeKyCat, drive 70 miles west (If ur not already there), that’s humiliation: stripped banner, underage hookers, wiretapped coaches paying players to try and compete w the League he couldn’t win and the rival he couldn’t beat, all to drown the ignominious story of his victimization by a mistress he had to pay to keep quiet. And that’s his MOST sympathetic story of the decade. Cal and Barnhart are a credit to our program and have improved facilities, results, and reputation across the board as even a casual observer can attest. U are a phony or a fool, I suspect the former but can’t rule out either.

    • makeitstop
      8:14 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Or both, come to think of it…

    • 4everUKblue
      8:43 am April 21, 2019 Permalink


    • makeitstop
      8:52 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Lol. He’s always shouting, like Robin Leach from Lifestyles. “I’M SHOUTING AT U AND I DONT KNOW WHY”

    • 4everUKblue
      9:05 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure you saw when he came onto the scene boasting about having shook the hand of Rupp, not just once but many times and then said not to be bragging lol.

    • makeitstop
      9:24 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yea he was probably an opposing player… or equipment manager.

    • henderblue
      9:41 am April 21, 2019 Permalink


  4. shelby
    9:11 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    “Player development is my forte”? Is he basing that off all the UofL players he put into the league?? ??

  5. Zissou87
    10:48 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sure screaming and micromanaging will work great with today’s players…

  6. satcheluk
    6:41 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t often use the word retarded, but it could very easily be used for a few of the morons posting here.