Rick Pitino was a guest this morning on 790 AM with Drew Deener, the host of the Early Birds. As you could expect, the interview started with a lot of questions about the championship run and what not. However, as the interview went on there were questions about the future of the program.
Pitino has somewhat changed his tune in regards to which players will for sure be back. Unfortunately, Pitino says Gorgui Dieng is 100% gone and he is absolutely certain that he won’t be back for his senior season. We had heard yesterday that Russ Smith was gone for sure as well, but Pitino said today that it’s 50/50. Pitino also said that Russ wasn’t really happy about what his father had to say following the national championship on Monday.
On what he is telling Russ Smith & Gorgui Dieng
I’m giving them fatherly advice. I’m not telling them to stay and I’m not telling them to leave. I’m giving them advice.
The impact if Russ Smith leaves.
It’s not going to affect our team in a negative way, because we’re going to be very strong in the backcourt. We feel like we’ve got a three headed monster.
Behanan and Blackshear
Chane and Wayne have to really commit themselves to skill development. Wayne took a major step back after his two injuries. Now he has to progress by working on his ball handling and arc on his jump shot. Chane needs to work on his 1-on-1 game and change his jump shot. He needs to learn how to play like he did in the last ten minutes on Monday, each game.
On his recent string of good luck.
I’m heading to Miami soon and if I can get to a place where Pitbull is playing, then I’ll know the good luck is still with me.