“Here” was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Springfield, Mass. where the current Louisville and former Kentucky coach, winner of two national titles, was officially enshrined on Sunday.
Eric Crawford of WDRB was on hand to cover the event and Pitino’s acceptance speech in which the coach hit on all his stops, including UK:
Pitino paused to talk a bit more about his time at Kentucky. He called it “eight years of Camelot” and said, “I never had a bad day at Kentucky.
From UK, Pitino said, “I learned all about pressure every, single day. It was unbelievable pressure and it was very difficult and that pressure brought out the best in everybody.”
“I’m very, very thankful to those Kentucky players,” Pitino added, “because that’s the reason I stand here today.”
As for the “never had a bad day at Kentucky” I can think of a couple, but by-gones are by-gones.
Dick Vitale was Pitino’s presenter.
There was an interesting Crawford quote from C.M. Newton, the man who hired Pitino at Kentucky: Pitino “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.”
UK did not send a representative to the induction, but did buy an ad in the Hall of Fame program.
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 7, 2013
And during the weekend Pitino even had a little fun with his famous “through that door” comment when coaching the Celtics.
“You finally walked through that door!” Rick Pitino to Larry Bird just now at HOF.
— Jim Ice (@Jim_ICE) September 8, 2013