Former NBA and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed recently to spend three months this summer coaching the Puerto Rican national basketball team for free as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Now, according to multiple reports (via Sports by Brooks), Kentucky coach John Calipari may do the same thing for the Dominican. Both would be doing this for free (and by free we mean a shoe company is likely working out some kind of compensation, but the countries are not paying).
Why? These noble men just love the game and want to give back to some poor nations and players who might not otherwise be exposed to this level of the game? Because they care?
No, really it’s about recruiting. Pushing the limits without breaking the rules. Both of those countries have some big time up and coming players, and now these coaches get to work with them as part of their new jobs.
Still, it will make this summer’s Olympic qualification tournament interesting when the teams all meet in Argentina to play it out on the court.
By the way, the USA has already qualified for an Olympics berth by virtue of winning the World Championships last summer. Thank you Kevin Durant.