Rick Pitino Had A No Good Very Bad Debut As Puerto Rico Coach On Tuesday
You probably know that Rick Pitino is coaching the Puerto Rican National Men's Basketball Team in the Pan American Games (that's a lovey spit take you just did), but his debut as an interntional coach did not go very well on Tuesday.
In the opening round of pool play, Brazil beat Puerto Rico 92-59, and to say that Pitino's team was never in it is an understatement.
Rick Pitino and Puerto Rico trail Brazil 31-6 after one quarter. This is the time where you have to go with Puerto Rican Tim Henderson.
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) July 21, 2015
1st game of Pan Am Games Men's Basketball. Brazil up 20-2 on Puerto Rico. Rick Pitino's zone has given up 6 three's. pic.twitter.com/Q6zuAOLkTF
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) July 21, 2015
In another pool play opener, the U.S. and its patchwork lineup beat Venezuela 85-62, behind Damien Wilkins' 21 points and 10 rebounds. Wilkins, 35, is a former NBA player who now plays in Puerto Rico, and is the nephew of Dominique Wilkins.
Pitino is doing all his Pitino things with Puerto Rico, but the problem is that he doesn't have Louisville talent. There isn't even a possible recruit on his roster, so people are a bit confused as to why he's coaching this team.
Puerto Rico tried to play a 2-3 matchup zone, and Brazil just shot over it, hitting 16 3-pointers. Rafael Hettsheimeir was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc for Brazil and led all scorers with 19 points.
Puerto Rico plays the U.S. in the late game tonight (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
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