Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is making his return to basketball as head coach Panathinaikos Greece, in response to a number of reviews. Pitino, 66, was fired a yr in the past after an FBI probe right into a collection scandalous occasions at Louisville.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reviews that Pitino will journey to Athens shortly after Christmas to take over “a gifted, however underachieving, roster that features a number of former NBA gamers.” He is predicted to teach his first recreation on December 27.
Pitino will take over for head coach Xavi Pascual, who was fired after final night time’s loss, as Panathinaikos has began the season 6-7 within the EuroLeague, which has the staff sitting in 10th place. According to ESPN, Panathinaikos’ roster contains Nick Calathes, Georgios Papagiannis, Keith Langford, Deshaun Thomas, James Gist and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis.
Pitino has gained 770 video games over his school teaching profession, made seven Final Four appearances (5 with Louisville) and gained two nationwide championships – 1996 with Kentucky and 2013 with Louisville. However, the latter has since been vacated as the outcome an investigation into inappropriate recruiting events from 2010-2014, wherein prostitutes had been paid to have intercourse with the gamers.