Professionally, Pitino worked for the New York Knicks for two seasons (1983-85) before taking over as the team's head coach in the 1987-88 campaign.
Rick Pitino wants to coach in the NBA, just as I would like to harness the terrifying power of the Oort Cloud:
Which team is most likely to fall for Pitino this time around?
At 66 years old, it would seem like a decidedly bad idea for a team to give Pitino a head coaching opportunity.
Last month, Rick Pitino said he was finished coaching. Now, he tells @wojespn he hopes to coach in the NBA.
The former Louisville coach said that he misses being part of a team "terribly" and that he's hoping an NBA team will give him a chance.
Pitino does have head coaching experience — he was president and coach of the Celtics from 1997 to 2001.
And its not because Rick Pitino doesnt DESERVE it. Clearly, hes QUALIFIED. The youngsters in todays NBA dont want a HOF coach that feel like their power might be compromised.
Sept. 5: Rick Pitino tells ESPN he’s done coaching Oct. 29 (54 Days Later): Rick Pitino tells ESPN he wants to coach in the NBA again.
It’s been 21 years since the last time an NBA team was duped into hiring Pitino.
Rick Pitino is hoping to become a candidate for an NBA head-coaching job (via @wojespn)
Among others, Pitino's task will be to convince decision-makers of his sincerity in scaling back his persona and reshaping himself as humbled, determined basketball coach."
Seth Wenig/Associated Press Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has interest in coaching again at the NBA level, as he told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski: "I just want to be a part of an organization.
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Story on ESPN: Rick Pitino hires agent, wants chance to become NBA coaching candidate. “I want to develop teams and develop players and build a winner. I want to fit into an organization. At this stage, that’s all I’m interested in.”
Pitino's name has been marred with scandal from his time with Louisville, when the team was investigated by the FBI for payments made to recruit Brian Bowen's family.
Now Pitino plans on spending the year “immersing himself in the NBA game” in hopes of becoming a head coaching candidate ahead of the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN.
Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images The Kings check a lot of boxes for a potential Pitino team: a meddling owner, a history of questionable front office decisions, a constant yearning to make a big splash.
Rick Pitino is ready to return to the NBA
Rick Pitino wants back in coaching and back to the NBA. His NCAA problems shouldnt disqualify him, but hes got some convincing to do
Rick Pitino’s style and IQ is better suited for the NBA at this current stage of his career. Regardless of the NCAA stuff.. every player I have met has loved RP. As long as he has alignment w/ GM, President & Ownership.. this is the only feasible next step. @GetUpESPN
As for whether NBA teams would have interest in Pitino as a head coach, Wojnarowski noted that there will be some hurdles to overcome: "In all likelihood, Pitino has a bigger obstacle to returning to the NBA than NCAA failings: Convincing league executives and owners that his ego would allow him to be a willing partner with a front office.
Ex-Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he has a deep interest in finding an NBA coaching job
It's a change of heart from the last time Pitino spoke out about coaching, when he said in September he was not interested in returning to the sidelines.
As purely a coach, Pitino still has a place in the NBA.