The New York Daily News reported this morning that the priapic Boy Genius had "intermediaries" contact the Nets to express his interest in the team's coaching job. Pitino managed to deny the story without referencing 9/11 once. Good for him.
From the Daily News:
"Pitino is interested in the job," said a high-ranking team official, who added that the interest is all one way, coming from Pitino's side.
Sources close to Pitino, 57, say the ex-Knick coach and native of Long Island continues to be worn down from the Louisville sex scandal that erupted last summer and almost cost him his job. In terms of basketball, friends say that he feels a threat from in-state arch-rival Kentucky, which has put itself back into the national spotlight with first-year coach John Calipari and one of the top recruiting classes in recent years.
Pitino responded with a call to his personal sock puppet, Pat Forde:
"There's not an ounce of truth to it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Pat Forde.
"I have no interest, period," Pitino said Thursday. "I'm done with coaching professional basketball. I've put the professional ranks behind me."
Boy Genius won less than half his games in the pros. His stint in the NBA was a disaster (no, Rick, not that kind of disaster). It's probably a little more accurate to say the professional ranks put Rick Pitino behind them.
Sources: Rick Pitino makes himself a candidate for Nets' coaching job [New York Daily News]
Pitino not interested in return to NBA [ESPN]