Rick Pitino will be a featured guest on Wednesday night's episode of Jim Rome on Showtime, which airs at 9 p.m. on .... Showtime (so it's not just a clever name).
The show has released a teaser for the segment, which features Pitino discussing Billy Donovan's move to the NBA, and why he believes his former player and assistant will do a terrific job in Oklahoma City.
If you don't feel like watching (or can't), here's the transcription via CBS:
I think Billy and I have spoken about it over 30 or 40 times. He's very inquisitive and a very humble person and he'll ask a lot of questions. I said, 'Look, Billy, I really loved coaching the New York Knicks, and the reason I loved it is because we won. I really did not like my Boston Celtic experience because we lost. Just don't go into a situation where you're hoping the ping-pong balls falling your way. Go into a situation where you know you have players. Sort of like what Phil Jackson and Pat Riley have done in their careers. Don't leave college unless you can do that.' He went into the perfect situation, perfect organization because of (Kevin) Durant, (Russell) Westbrook and the rest of those guys are all very, very young basketball [players]. Billy Donovan is one of the best coaches and finest people I've ever encountered in my life so I know he's going to do great.
The NBA is all about talent. f you go into a situation with very little talent, you're going to be back to college someday. If you go into a situation where you have outstanding talent, you're going to understand that. Now guys like Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, they understood it because they're pro guys. College guys don't understand it... They think they're going to go in, and work hard, be passionate, put in some great plays and put in some defenses. It just doesn't work that way at the NBA level. It's all about the players. It's all about talent.