Dec 15, 2010

News: Pitino to become Puerto Rico national team coach

Former NBA coach Rick Pitino has been the chosen to lead the Puerto Rico national team at next year’s Americas Championship and the 2012 London Olympics, if the team qualifies.
The 58-year-old, currently with NCCA’s Louisville Cardinals, will fill the post left vacant by Manolo Cintrón. The Puerto Rican federation decided to dismiss Cintrón after the disastrous 18th place (1-4 record) at the 2010 World Championship.
In a career that started in 1974 in the NCAA, Pitino was assistant coach of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Syracuse Orange. He later took the helm of the Boston University and had his first NBA experience while being an assistant of the New York Knicks. In between Providence, Kentucky and Louisville, he was head coach of the Knicks and the Boston Celtics.
Other names for the job included Argentinian Sergio Hernández, Spaniard Moncho Monsalve and American Del Harris.


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