NEW YORK – He came in from his home on Long Island to watch the University of Massachusetts play Marquette in the NIT – Julius Erving vs. Dean "The Dream" Meminger.
Marquette won big, which didn't stop then-UMass coach Jack Leaman, scholarship papers in hand, from walking over to Pitino, then a good high school guard, and asking, "Are you ready to sign?"
"So I signed," Pitino recalled. "It's something to be a New York kid and sign scholarship papers on the floor of Madison Square Garden."
The New York kid was back Thursday, 56 now and in need of reading glasses to examine the stat sheet of his Louisville Cardinals' 73-55 victory over Providence in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. U of L (26-5) plays Villanova on Friday in the semis.
It always seems to come back to the Garden for Pitino. He signed with UMass here, was an assistant with the New York Knicks, then head coach at Providence when this tournament was going strong, then back to the Knicks as the head man and now bringingRead More »from Pitino back on Broadway