Rick Pitino turned down Panathinaikos offer

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Aris Barkas

21/Jun/19 16:25

Eurohoops.net

Rick Pitino decided to end his European adventure after half a season with Panathinaikos

By Aris Barkas/ info@eurohoops.net

Naismith Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has turned down an offer to return as president and coach of Panathinaikos, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported first.

Pitino’s focus remains the pursuit of an NBA job, either as a coach or as an advisory on player personnel.

This is not an unexpected turn of events since Pitino himself had said that the chances of him returning to Greece are 50%-50% at best.

Panathinaikosplan B which is expected to be activated after Pitino’s decision is the hiring of Greek coach Argiris Pedoulakis, a former player and coach of Panathinaikos, who spent last season with Peristeri BC, leading them to the fourth spot of the Greek league standings.

Pitino made the following statement confirming his decision: “This past year has been incredible. I’d like to thank all of the PAO players and their terrific efforts. Thanks to my staff for their loyalty and dedication. Thank you to our passionate owner and GM. Lastly, thanks to the great people of Greece for your over the top kindness and hospitality. Such an awesome country that will always hold a place in my heart. I will miss you all greatly, but I am returning home and looking forward to the next chapter in my life”. 

Pitino is leaving Greece, having won the Greek Cup and the Greek League title of 2019.