Rick Pitino has brought the Louisville Cardinals to the Final Four, but that may not be the best thing that has happened to him recently. Think about the week it has been for the living legend. So far, before his Final Four game even tips, Pitino’s son has gotten a big-boy job, he had a very quotable presser and now it looks like he is going to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The news is likely helping Pitino become in a state of great hysteria (the good kind). The 60-year-old coach is having a week that any person on the world would take. Not to mention, this is his seventh overall appearance in the Final Four, that is coming off the heels of being the last real Big East Conference tournament winners.
ESPN initially reported the news that Pitino would gain entrance into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremonies are set to be held in September, in Atlanta.
It has been a long and sometimes strange road for Pitino to get here. With a visit to the NBA, a sex scandal and always rumored to be involved with other high-profile gigs, it is amazing how much the man has endured. Still, Pitino overcame all of those exploits and is now on his way to take his rightful place with other basketball legends.
All of this great news for Pitino and he hasn’t even won the National Title, yet. Oh, he is the favorite to win, again.