Rick Pitino Hires Drew Rosenhaus To Aid In His Quest To Coach Again
On September 5th, Rick Pitino told Get Up’s Mike Greenberg that he was done coaching. Fifty-four days later, Pitino hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, and told ESPN that he wants to coach in the NBA again.
Pitino told ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski, “I just want to be a part
of an organization. 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”.
Pitino was fired at Louisville after a FBI probe into the Cardinal recruiting tactics. He was accused of knowing about a $100,000 payment made by Adidas executives to former five-star recruit Brian Bowen’s family.
Despite the recent FBI probe, Pitino must overcome a much
larger obstacle convincing league executives and owners that his ego will not
be detrimental to an organization’s front office. Many GMs around the league
have voiced their concerns regarding Pitino because they are hesitant that
Pitino would be difficult to work with.
Aside from several accusations and ego issues, Pitino has proven
his worth as a basketball coach both in the NBA and NCAA. As president and
coach of the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001, he led the Celtics to a 102-146
record. It is believed that his dual role resulted in lack of success for the
organization. However, in his short two-year stint as coach of the New York
Knicks, Pitino won an Atlantic Division title and reached the playoffs twice. As
the coach of Kentucky and Louisville, he will forever be mentioned in the same breath
with the most legendary college basketball coaches, winning two national
championships and reaching five Final Fours throughout his career.
“I want to develop teams and develop players and build a
winner, “Pitino told ESPN. “I value analytics. I want to fit into an
organization. At this stage, that’s all I’m interested in.”
After the firing of Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue, over
the weekend, could the Cavaliers be the first organization to take a chance on
Pitino? The Cavs may be the perfect landing spot for Pitino due to his ability
to maximize the talent of young players on the floor.