Pitino aims for coaching return, open to NBA

Rick Pitino has not been approached by any NBA team for a coaching position, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Rick Pitino is looking to return to coaching and told ESPN he has talked to at least one NBA team.

“The level doesn’t matter to me,” the former Louisville told the sports network. “I just need it to be someone who believes in me.”

Pitino, 65, was among the first fallouts of the scandal and FBI investigation that has rocked college basketball.

“I’ve never offered any player $5,” he said. “I’ve been assassinated by the Southern District of N.Y. without any wiretap or shred of evidence, and the University of Louisville. That being said, I love teaching basketball and am more passionate than ever.”

Pitino admitted he has not heard of any interest yet from any college programs.

Along with Louisville, Pitino has coached Kentucky, Providence and Boston College. In the NBA, he has coached the Knicks (1987-89) and Celtics (1997-2001), compiling a pro record of 192-221.

Louisville admitted it was at the center of an FBI investigation in September. Pitino was fired shortly thereafter.