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Rick Pitino Coaching Puerto Rican Basketball


Top NCAA coach, Rick Pitino of Louisville Cardinals has been in Puerto Rican preparing the Puerto Rican National Basketball team for the upcoming Pan American Games in Toronto Canada.

Pitino has had several workouts with the Puerto Rican players and is beginning to gel a competitive team. He likes what he see’s. “These players are paying attention. We are giving them many drills and plays on defense in only three days. We are just beginning our adventure,” he stated in a recent interview.

This team heading for Toronto on July 18th is headed by veteran players, José Juan Barea, last with the Dallas Mavericks who also stated that the three practices have been real good helping the team get into good condition fast.”

Pitino also stated that the team representing in the Pan American games in Toronto will not be the same team representing in the Pre-Olympic Trials in Mexico in August. He stated, “There are a about four, or five players that are presently playing in the Puerto Rican Basketball finals that will be joining the team.

Puerto Rico is presently ranked 15th in the world by FIBA and has always had some really good competitive competitions. They received world attention when the small island nation shocked the world in one of he biggest upsets in sports history defeating the US Dream Team 98-73 in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

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