Son, don’t F*&$ this up for me!

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Everyone’s favorite coach who has coached at both big-time universities in the great state of Kentucky, Rick Pitino, was in the news again last week when he hired former UK player, Walter McCarty.  Walt joins the staff after a ten-year NBA career which saw him play for four different teams.  I’m not one to criticize one of the true masters of the game, but this hire is puzzling at best.  Pitino didn’t exactly have the greatest staff to start with, and a guy who has never coached a day in his life doesn’t bring a lot to the table. 

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Pitino does know how to find great assistants.  Among those who have been assistants for him include: Billy Donovan, Tubby Smith, Reggie Theus, and Jim O’Brien.  He also, as said before, might be the best coach in the country, definitely in the top five.  Perhaps, at this point in his career, he just wants to find guys that will go and do the dirty work for him, so he can just coach.  I just don’t understand why.  UL will be preseason top-10 next year, and predicted to win the Big East.  They bring back a solid core from last year’s team, and if Derrick Caracter can play as well as he did towards the end of the year, they will be very good.  And, any coach will tell you, assistants make the team better.  I just don’t know if Pitino’s assistants will.

 Unless someone else is hired, former UK victory-cigar Steve Masiello will be the head assistant for the Cards.  Masiello grew up idolizing Pitino from his days at the NY Knicks, as he was a ball boy for the team.  How cute.  Masiello has the most experience out of the assistants, six years.  He was up at Manhattan for four years with Bobby Gonzalez before coming down to Louisville for the past two.  Masiello may know the game, but he loves Pitino, so he loves Pitino’s system.  Masiello sounds like a “yes-man” to me.

 Richard Pitino grew up around the game of basketball, he lived it every day of his life.  He shared a house with one of the greatest coaches in the country.  He is now trying to emulate his father in becoming a coach himself.   Don’t get me wrong, a lot of guys in their mid-twenties would love to have two years of Division I coaching experience, and be walking in to a top-ten program.  But, what is he bringing to the table for Louisville?  He’s going to be just a couple years older than the players, so respect will be an issue.  Not to mention the debate of, “Do I call him ‘Dad’ or ‘Coach?'” going on in his head every day at practice.  Sure, Junior probably is a decent coach, but is he bringing anything worthwhile to the table?  I would assume it’s going to be hard for Richard to stand up to his dad and tell him they’re not running something right.  Yet another “yes-man.”

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McCarty is the oddest hire of the bunch.  There are some great assistant coaches still looking for jobs.  Four guys just got turned down by Coastal Carolina.  Hell, David Hobbs, who was a head coach at Alabama, is still available.  At the very least, Hobbs would have brought something different to the table.  McCarty is just going in as another guy who knows Pitino’s system.  And, obviously the question is… why would you bring in a guy with zero coaching experience?  Can McCarty make the Card’s big men, especially Caracter, better?  I’m sure Pitino hopes so.  But, what if he can’t?  What if he’s no good?  Regardless, Pitino brought in another guy who knows his system, has zero coaching experience, and is most famous in the NBA for singing the national anthem.  McCarty is the third “yes-man” on the staff.

Look, Rick Pitino is a hell of a lot smarter than I am; and has probably forgotten more basketball knowledge than I’ll ever learn.  But, he seems to be making a mistake.  He’s brought in three guys as assistants who he referred to as “sons.”  Coaches and assistants need to have good relationships, but it’s imperative that assistants be knowledgeable enough to give suggestions.  Not only that, but they need to feel comfortable enough to do so.  I don’t think these three guys will be able to.  Any UK fan could tell you that Tubby Smith runs nothing close to Pitino’s system.  That’s what made those Kentucky teams so good.  Pitino had guys like Tubby to give a different perspective. 

I really hope Pitino hasn’t messed things up for what could be a really good team this year by hiring the guys he has.  Oh wait, I like Kentucky basketball, keep hiring the “yes-men,” Ricky Boy.

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5 Responses to “Son, don’t F*&$ this up for me!”

  1. Johnny Says:

    You all just like to type to see yourself talk, huh?

    How about Mark Schlabach calling UK as an upset winner against UL and UF? Thoughts? There is more to discuss than Walter McCarty. It is college football season, boys.

  2. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    simply mind blowing

  3. BobWicket Says:

    Who’s Johnny?…She said

  4. 2ndCousinOfTonyTheTiger Says:

    Walter McCarty’s reason for being there is simple…he plays with them in practice as Pitino tries to teach them how to post up like big men.

  5. BobWicket Says:

    Is it just me, or does Troy Brown look similar to Coach Walter McCarty?

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