Rick Pitino is planning to use the season to immerse himself in the NBA game and hopes to become a candidate for head-coaching openings in the spring.
“I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization. That’s my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success.”
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.” https://t.co/0Y21NK3WxV
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 29, 2018
For Pitino, this is a change of course from an early September public declaration to ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on Get Up that he was “finished coaching.”
Rick Pitino Closes door: 'I'm finished coaching' https://t.co/qAse3M9GC7
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) September 5, 2018
Pitino has hired Drew Rosenhaus, a high-profile NFL agent, to represent him. The last thing the NBA needs is Rick Pitino.
Been there done that.