When a grammatically flawed press release emerged from Jamaica a few weeks ago announcing Louisville's Samardo Samuels had declared for the draft, Louisville coach Rick Pitino admits he was bewildered as the rest of us.
It came as far less of a shock to Pitino, however, when he learned Tuesday that Samuels had decided to hire an agent and remain in the draft.
Pitino told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that he began planning as though Samuels wasn't coming back to school after a phone conversation with the 6-foot-9 big man's parents a few days after he entered the draft. The Louisville coach may not have felt Samuels is anywhere near ready for the NBA, but he also insisted he supported the sophomore's decision to leave because he's trying to help his poverty-stricken family back in Jamaica.
"In Samardo's case, look, y'all have got to understand this is not a young man from the projects of New York or L.A. or Chicago," Pitino said. "This is a young man who's doing it for hisRead More »from Ill-advised or not, Pitino supports Samuels' decision to turn pro