Rick Pitino Reportedly Would Consider Coaching The Nets
College basketball coaches are known for flirting with other jobs, whether it's to force their current employer to give them more money or appreciation, or whether it's to pursue a legitimately better situation.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has jumped ship from college to the NBA twice, with little success either time, so most would assume he had his fill of coaching in the pros. Most would assume wrong. The New York Daily News reported both Pitino and the team are interested in each other. Both Pitino and the team issued their cursory denials.
While far-fetched, this move really makes sense for both parties. Not 'makes sense' meaning it will lead to success, however.
- The Nets are in need of a splashy move. They just might finish with the worst record in NBA history and are playing in an empty arena.
- The team could be sold to a Russian billionaire said to love flashy names and throwing money around.
- Louisville isn't very good this year. They are 15-8, in the middle of the pack in the Big East and could be a bubble team in the NCAA tournament.
- A certain historic program in the same state suddenly has a coach with a penchant for landing big-time recruits, making Louisville's success for in-state dominance minimal in the future.
On the court? Pitino was a colossal fail in his last NBA job in Boston because his tanking team didn't get rewarded with the No. 1 pick (which would've been Tim Duncan) in his first draft, and he miscalculated by thinking that NBA players would play full-court pressure defense for 48 minutes a night (hint: they won't).
Could he have learned from those miscalculations? It's possible. But college coaches turning pro just plain do not work.