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Rick Pitino Reportedly Names Jobs He's Interested In

Rick Pitino makes a funny face as he coaches against Arizona.

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals against the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Louisville won 103-64. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is reportedly strongly interested in getting back into coaching.

It's not at the college level, though. Pitino reportedly wants to get back to the NBA.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the former Cardinals' head coach will be pursuing NBA jobs this upcoming offseason.


"I just want to be a part of an organization," Pitino told ESPN. "I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I'm using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I'd have deep interest in it.

"I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization. That's my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success."

For Pitino, this is a change of course from an early September public declaration to ESPN's Mike Greenberg on Get Up that he was "finished coaching."

Pitino, who was fired by Louisville as a result of the latest NCAA scandal, has reportedly hired powerful agent Drew Rosenhaus.

It seems unlikely that an NBA team would be interested in hiring him as head coach, but maybe things will change by the spring.