Rick Pitino’s Greek Basketball Drama
In 2017, the Hall of Fame Louisville coach departed college basketball in the shadow of the NCAA’s bribery scandal. Pitino then went to Greece and started coaching one of the country’s most popular teams, Panathinaikos. But his new life isn’t without controversy, even without altercations with his team’s rival Olympiacos. His boss is known for smoking in his hospital bed — and threatening referees’ lives.
Is this his swan song? Despite missing U.S. ball, Pitino’s new life is an adventure, so he’s not ready to hang up his whistle.
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