Spoke to & saw the @GoBearcatsMBB. Young & hard working group.Talented at 1/2/3 positions. Raw at 4/5 spots, but if they develop, another super season . Jarron Cumberland multi talented scorer/passer.You know they will bring it on defense . Mick’s new renovated arena is special! pic.twitter.com/6V3blUg5AM— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) September 25, 2018
Boeheim said Pitino suggested “a couple drills that would be really helpful and a couple things defesnively that would help us, so it was very, very valuable.” After spending two days at Syracuse, Pitino came to New York and saw his old protege Masiello, who was a ball boy with the Knicks when Pitino coached there. “Any time you can be around a basketball mind such as himself, it’s obviously going to help your program in basketball related areas,” Masiello said of his former Louisville boss. “He has a plethora of knowledge in regards to his experience of what goes into winning and what goes into team-building. And anytime you can have those type of things shared with your staff and players, it’s an opportunity to improve and get better. “It was just great to be around him.” Pitino, 66, is the only man to lead two schools to NCAA titles, winning them at both Kentucky and Louisville. The Louisville title in 2013 was erased from the history books when the NCAA vacated the title in the wake of Stripper Gate, one of three massive scandals that brought Pitino down at Louisville. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence and said he had no direct knowledge of both the Stripper Scandal, and the Bowen/Adidas payments. Pitino has his own book out now, “Pitino: My Story,” while Michael Sokolove released a book entitled “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino,” which provides an in-depth look at Pitino’s career, the various scandals and the overall state of college basketball.
Watched my ex ball boy with the Knicks & assistant coach at Louisville, Steve Masiellos team @steve_masiello. Manhattan @JaspersMBB is young but talented. So enjoyable seeing them compete. Intensity x 5. Love the way they practiced. Super job men! pic.twitter.com/4en5295o4U— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) September 27, 2018