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Sunday / May 20.
  • Rick Pitino Denies Nets’ Rumors; Big East Teams Feel NCAA Squeeze

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    Louisville coach Rick Pitino flatly denies a Daily News report that he has interest in becoming the next head coach of the Nets.

    “I can’t keep talking about rumors and untruths,” Pitino, whose team visits St. John’s Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, said on the Big East conference call. “All I can say is in the past nine years I’ve never had one conversation with a pro team. I had one conversation with a college team and that was Providence College. There’s absolutely no truth to it [the Nets story] and I shouldn’t address it.”

    Pitino joked that if he was trying to get “rejuvenated” in the wake of the Karen Sypher sex scandal that hit last summer and the threats of a rising Kentucky team, he would take a vacation to a tropical paradise.

    “If you’re going to get rejuvenated, I don’t think you take over the Nets,” he said.

    Read the full story here.

    And read here about how the middle-of-the-pack Big East teams are feeling the NCAA squeeze.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.