No, not that U.S. team, the other one.
Rick Pitino will reportedly coach the Puerto Rico national team.
Who saw that coming? Anyone? Anyone?
Louisville’s coach has agreed to coach the country in its effort to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, according to FIBA America. (If your prefer your tweeted news in Spanish, they’ve got you covered.)
The deal will reportedly be announced sometime this week.
"We have all seen what coaching an Olympic Team has done for Duke and Coach K. There is no [sic] much talent outside of the USA and with 10 current players from the Caribbean in the NBA this part of the world is rich in talent and could be a recruiting gold mine for us." -Unidentified source within Louisville's athletic department
Can you imagine what would happen if somebody at Duke's athletic department said something like that?!? Saying that Pitino is basically taking the job in order to help with recruiting. Wow...
But seriously, whether Pitino is successful or not depends on whether or not he can get his guys to adjust to the 15 second clock. Its quite a complicated sypher to crack.
Put me in the "confused by Puerto Rico having a national team" crowd. Is Puerto Rico considered a nation? They do not regulate their own international trade, do not maintain a military, does not have a seat at the UN or is recognized by any nation in the world as BEING a nation, and is under the general control of a nation... namely, the United States. It is funny that they have a national team at all, I think.
Congrats to Rick, I suppose, for the job.
Hey, they can vote in the Presidential Democratic primaries! They're part of the US! And DC doesn't have congressional representation either. They should get their own Olympic squad! haha. (Note: This post wasn't meant to be serious and go into PPB-land; just a joke)
But they are British territories and not sovereign nations, distinguishing them from Commonwealth nations like Australia and Canada.
See, you had to make things technical.
I guess hey have some hot latin chicks there.