Mac Attack: 10/02/13: Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino joined the guys to discuss his new book about life and basketball, the Kevin Ware injury, how his team handled the title win, and much more
The reigning basketball National Championship coach Rick Pitino celebrated with his team for a long while after they won the championship after their hard work to win the title.
Pitino, in full detail, talks with the guys about his discovering the severity of Kevin Ware’s leg injury during the game with Duke.
“Look guys…where is the Final Four,” Pitino says to the team. Their response was “Atlanta.” And Pitino answers back, “And where’s Kevin from?” And the team says again “Atlanta.” He says “Lets regroup and get him home,” as Ware responds to the team letting them know that he’ll be fine.
Kevin Ware is expected to be working out and back on the basketball court before Nov. 1st if his X-Rays come out negative.
If Pitino had to do his career all over again, Pitino says that he would have stayed in Kentucky from a basketball standpoint to build on their dynasty. But his biggest lesson in life is “humility,” and from a learning prospective he says he is contempt with coaching at the Boston Celtics and losing his job.
Pitino describes the Big East teams coming into the ACC and how it strengthens college basketball to the point of making it “very special” and looks forward to the challenge of coaching in ACC schools he’s never been to.
The Louisville coach would love to have the ACC Tournament in Madison Square Garden, but with the basketball contracts already in place with the Big East, it wouldn’t be there for a while.
“I do believe that the ACC home is in Greensboro and in Charlotte…but the amount of coverage with MSG, and the way the fans have an absolute great time” sways Pitino to want to eventually play in MSG or even Barkley’s Center.
Listen to the full interview to see about his tattoo and other basketball topics.
And be sure to get Rick PItino’s new book The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life, in a local bookstore or online.