Rick Pitino Hired as Greece National Team Head Coach

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 8, 2019

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino appears during a news conference in New York.  Diversion Books announced Monday, July 30 that Pitino has a memoir coming in September 4.
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Rick Pitino is back in the coaching world after agreeing to take over as head coach of Greece's national team. 

The 67-year-old Hall of Famer announced on Twitter he accepted the job:

Rick Pitino @RealPitino

Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team. Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

This marks Pitino's first head-coaching gig since he turned down an offer to return to Panathinaikos in June. He went 10-9 and made the playoffs before being swept 3-0 by Real Madrid in his lone season with the team. 

Pitino previously served as head coach of the Puerto Rican national team in 2015 for the FIBA Americas Championships. That squad advanced to the second round in the tournament but was unable to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. 

Per Dionysis Aravantinos of EuroHoops.net, Thanasis Skourtopoulos will remain as Greece's head coach for the EuroBasket tournament in February with Pitino taking over for the pre-Olympic tournament in the summer as the country attempts to qualify for the Tokyo Games. 

Taking over the Greek squad could give Pitino an opportunity to coach reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who most recently played for his home country this summer in the FIBA World Cup.


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