When Louisville fired Rick Pitino last year, it seemed as if the championship-winning head coach was done finding high-level opportunities. Yet, it appears there is a chance he could return to the NBA.
Pitino hasn’t coached at the professional level since 2001, when he spent time with the Boston Celtics. He also had a brief tenure with the New York Knicks in the 1980s, lasting two seasons as the leader of the team.
Pitino’s son Richard is the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Well, it’s possible that Rick might find a job in Minneapolis in the future.
It has been a miserable season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, which was highlighted by the decision to ship Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia. With Tom Thibodeau losing job security by the second, Pitino would have interest in the job if it opens up, per Chris Sheridan.
From what I am hearing, if @Timberwolves decide to fire Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden sooner rather than later, @RealPitino would be intrigued by the job. His son coaches the @GoldenGophers, so it makes sense on that level.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) November 14, 2018
Having Pitino in the NBA would certainly add more intrigue to the league.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins have tons of talent, but lack the guidance from the coaching staff. Perhaps, the former Louisville coach could rejuvenate the franchise and steer them away from the current chaos.
Sure, the Timberwolves would be taking a massive leap of faith by signing Pitino, yet it’s not the craziest idea in the world.
Nonetheless, it all depends on the franchise’s opinion of his tenure back in the NCAA.