Will Rick Pitino Coach The Sacramento Kings?

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMay 9, 2009

Reports have recently indicated that Louisville Cardinals' Head Coach Rick Pitino is a candidate for the Sacramento Kings' head coaching job, a position that is currently valid after Sacramento fired interim coach Kenny Natt.

Sources say that Pitino out of sheer interest took the aggressive route and contacted Sacramento about the possibility.

Pitino coached the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics from during separate spans of his coaching career and had a career record of 192-220 in the NBA.

He joined the Louisville Cardinals in 2001-02 and has led them to 6 NCAA Tournaments, two Elite Eight Appearances and one Final Four Appearance in 04-05.

If Rick Pitino is actually mulling over the decision, I can understand why; with his talent at UL taking a major hit.

His two best players (Terrence Williams and Earl Clark), have both declared for the NBA Draft and won't return to the Big East next season, and signed recruit Jeremy Tyler declared that he will play professional ball in Europe and forego his last year in High School.

Pitino has McDonald's All-American guard Peyton Siva out of Washington, coming in the Fall to presumably shore up the Cardinals' back-court.

However if Rick Pitino does decide to leave Louisville for the Kings' he will have several pieces and high profile talent to work with.

He also coached Kings' guard and three-pointing shooting specialist Francisco Garcia with their most notable run coming in 2005 when they were both apart of UL's run to Final Four.

Pitino will also have one of the best shooting guards in the game in Kevin Martin, an emerging big in Jason Thompson, and presumably the top pick in June's draft which in a sure-fire suggestion will go towards drafting Oklahoma Sooners F Blake Griffin.

The decision is now up to Pitino.

Speaking as a resident of the Bay Area, the Sacramento Kings desperately could use this type of boost.


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