By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Panathinaikos head coach Rick Pitino praised his players’ attitude following the win over Peristeri in Game 2 of the Greek League semifinals. The Hall Of Farmer said that he hasn’t seen such a character in one of his teams since he coached the New York Knicks back in the 80s.
“I think we’ve got a laser-sharp shot focus. We play every possession as if it’s meaningful. And that’s what you want from a team that really has a great attitude,” Pitino commented in the post-game flash interview for Cosmote TV.
“Look: I’ve been coaching a long time,” Pitino then said. “Not since my 1987 Knicks, have I seen a team with this much character. Practice hard. Play hard. Take nobody for granted. Respect everyone. So I’m very-very appreciative.”
“When you are me and you are coaching 40 something years. To come over and get a great group of guys. It’s so refreshing, so exciting for me,” Pitino added.
“There’s been no conversation whatsoever. I’m looking for a tenure extension. Anything less than that, I’m not taking it,” Pitino said with a laugh. A little bit later in the press conference after the game, he added: “The biggest contract that I had was a seven-year deal with the Celtics and I want to break this record. I want to tell to Dimitris what the Celtics had paid me, but he will get a heart attack. We haven’t had any talks, cause we are focused on our target. My intention is to help my team for the future, either I am here, or not. However, because everything I say here gets published in the States, the headline in the NY Post will be that Pitino wants a 10-year deal and will ask for more money compared to the Celtics deal”.