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Pitino denies interest in Nets' coaching job

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 11, 2010 10:09 AM

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The Daily News story, as well as ESPN, reported that Nets president Rod Thorn denied having any contact with Pitino. Multiple reports indicated both men attended the funeral of Knicks Hall of Famer Dick McGuire earlier this week.

Earlier Thursday, ESPN reported that Pitino's "people" may have reached out to incoming Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire who is expected to be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors next month.

It's understandable that Pitino, who coached both the Knicks and the Celtics, might seek a way out of Louisville, which happens to be in New York for a game vs. St. John's tonight. Pitino is from New York (the Nets are planning to move to Brooklyn), and also has reportedly grown weary of the attention he's received in Louisville for a sex scandal involving the wife of a former assistant.

Plus, Louisville is overshadowed in its home state by Kentucky, which is among the nation's best teams under first-year coach John Calipari. Pitino was Kentucky's coach for eight seasons.

Pitino bombed as Celtics coach. He was 102-146 in four seasons -- with no playoff appearances -- and was replaced by Jim O'Brien in the 2000-01 season.

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