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September 9, 2013

Pitino inducted into the Hall of Fame

Louisville coach Rick Pitino was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday in Springfield, Mass. His speech was an inspiring and informational look back at his career.

Click here to watch the full speech

What They're Saying about Rick Pitino
NBA Legend Hubie Brown on Rick Pitino:
"He's the spirit of what coaching is all about. He's a great salesman."

Former UK athletic director C.M. Newton on Pitino:
"I've been around a lot of coaches. I even coach with Coach (Bear) Bryant. He's the best coach in any sport I have ever been around."

More from Newton hiring Pitino:
"It meant everything to Kentucky. Had we hired the wrong person at that point in time, we'd have gone the way of UCLA. Instead, he gave us instant credibility."

ESPN personality Dick Vitale:
"I've been really lobbying for him on a regular basis for seven or eight years. I think there's no doubt (Pitino belongs). He didn't dominate on the professional level, but he did something unique on a college level. I think his (NBA years) took a little bit away, made for a little bit of tarnish in the eyes of some. But had he stayed on the college level, there's no telling how many more national titles he would have won."

Former NBA coach Richie Adubato:
"In watching his teams play over the years, they're relentless and they believe so much that the time will come when they crack you. You never have a safe lead. And when the momentum switches, the other team can fall apart."

UofL Vice President Tom Jurich on Pitino's speech:
"He passed the praise on to everybody else, and that's the type of person he is. It was an honor to be in the room."

Son Richard Pitino on his father's enshrinement:
"You see everybody around here, and it's all the greats of the game. Then you realize, he's with them, he's one of the greats of the game."

Pitino on Pitino:
"I really, looking out there, don't know what the heck I'm doing here, to be honest. The people in this room just blow me away. The prowess on the court, the prowess on the sidelines is incredible. Coaches don't get in the Hall of Fame. Players put them in the Hall of Fame. And I've had a great journey."


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