"Anthony Davis is just the No. 1 player in the draft," Pitino said of the 19-year-old freshman, who has won just about every player of the year award there is. "When you're playing against Bill Russell on the pro level, you realize why the Celtics won 11 world championships."
- Rick Pitino
Okay, two things here.
1. Pitino is correct.
Davis is amazing, and the Russell comparison may make people cringe, but the comparison to his GAME (not Russell's accomplishments) is apt. Davis is a light footed, cat quick, nose-for-the-block one-man-wrecking-crew.
2. Pitino is a loser.
This was the almost EXACT same thing he said when he failed with the Celtics. It was the whole ".... isn't walking through that door" speech as a way to rationalize the Celtics (and HIS, more importantly) bad luck in the 1998 NBA Lottery.
(What, Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer aren't adequate consolation prizes?)
I also didn't need his South Beach travel plans.
"I told the guys, 'Look, I'm going to Miami tomorrow and celebrating a season where we worked around the clock, around injuries and everything else. If you guys don't celebrate and have good, clean fun, you're fools,' " Pitino said.
What, is he going to sit poolside wearing that stupid white suit of his?
As for the desire for a supposedly hated rival to "bring home the trophy" so the entire Commonwealth can enjoy it, well, I'll leave that to the good folks of Kentucky. To me, sounds like pure bullshit.
"To tell you the truth, I haven't always liked some of the Kentucky teams. I'm not going to lie to you," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who counts as something of an expert after spending eight years in Lexington and the last 11 with the Cardinals. "But I really like this team a lot because of their attitude and the way they play.
"I'll certainly be rooting for them hard to bring the trophy back to Kentucky. ... They're a great group of guys, doing a tremendous job."