LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Pitino’s loyalty and attention will be divided this week.
The Louisville coach will guide Puerto Rico’s junior and national teams in a six-day, nine-game exhibition tour starting Tuesday against his Cardinals, who will be led by assistant coaches. Pitino is preparing the national squad for the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City later this month in a quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, but he also wants to develop a young Louisville roster that lost four regulars from last season.
“It’s just tiring, I’ll be honest with you,” Pitino said last week of the dual challenge. “Puerto Rico is really helping develop our season, and Louisville’s helping get them ready to qualify for the Olympics.”