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Sunday / July 14.
  • St. John’s coach Rick Pitino gives update on team health ahead of season-opener

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The curtain will officially lift on the Rick Pitino Era at St. John’s on Tuesday when the Red Storm host Stony Brook at Carnesecca Arena.

    Ahead of the opener, Pitino provided a health update on his team, telling ZAGSBLOG that all of his players except for UMass transfer RJ Luis (hand) will be available Tuesday.

    Jordan Dingle (shoulder), Joel Soriano (foot), and Cruz Davis (hand) all missed Sunday’s exhibition loss to Division 2 Pace, while Dingle also missed the exhibition win over Rutgers.

    After Stony Brook, St. John’s will face Michigan on Nov. 13 in the Gavitt Games at Madison Square Garden.

    Pitino, a Naismith Hall of Famer who has led three schools to the Final Four, has high expectations as far as restoring St. John’s to its prior glory.

    “St. John’s is special and for me building St. John’s up to a national power would just be an incredible experience for everyone that I call a friend or family member,” Pitino said at Big East media day.

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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.

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