In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis on CampusInsiders.com, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino talked about a variety of subjects. One of those topics was the fact that Pitino has been repeatedly mistaken for movie star Al Pacino, even to the point where he had this memorable exchange.
“Just last week in New York City somebody on the street asked me for some money and I gave it to them,” he said. “And they said holy [expletive] there’s Al Pacino.”
There is obviously a great deal of hilarity to deal with here, especially given the fact that Pitino and Pacino really don't resemble each other in great detail. Pitino went on to discuss several more meaningful topics, including a recent extortion trial and the image issues associated with it.
Pitino also joked about his failed tenure with the Boston Celtics. He quickly shot down an inquiry from a team about returning to an NBA front office position.
"I said to them, 'Didn't you see the stellar job I did in Boston?' " Pitino asked.
Pitino knows better than to test his luck with a return to the NBA and he's got a good sense of humor about his time with the Celtics.