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Sports Radio Interviews spoke to Rick Pitino; he talked about how he regretted leaving Kentucky for Boston and the potential that Tim Duncan could have changed his coaching career. He also said he was struggling in Louisville and envious of his son living in Miami, which incidentally is getting much success this season.
Here are excerpts from that interview.
Do you regret at all going to the pro’s?
“No. I loved going to the Knicks because we won the Atlantic Division championship. We went from winning 21 games or 19 games to winning 52 games in a short period of time. I loved coaching Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and all those guys. I think I do regret leaving Kentucky because I took over a team with 15 wins banking everything on the Tim Duncan lottery, and once we didn’t get Tim Duncan I realized that leaving Kentucky was not a good move.”
How envious are you of your son that he is living in Miami and you are not?
“You know, I am very envious. I’m struggling in Louisville right now and he gets to — I am actually — we are practicing at 6:15 in the morning tomorrow and then we are flying, a bunch of us are flying into his last home game against Arkansas-Little Rock. I am really, really excited for him. Miami is suddenly a hot bed for pro and college basketball and I never thought 15-20 years ago I could ever say that. It’s really exciting.”