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As a coach, there are few better. In some ways he is superior to CTB.

CTB will be a Hall of Famer soon, but he has a few things he does really well, and it is more his attention to detail and commitment to his style of play and program-building that has led to his success. He is a grinder rather than a genius. He is not nearly as well-rounded (yet) in his basketball prowess as Pitino was in his prime.

Pitino has won with fast teams. He has won with slow teams. He has won with defense, and he has won with offense. With his better Louisville teams (the AAC-era ones) he could even be elite in one direction in the first half then turn on a dime and play the second half completely differently. He played multiple defenses regularly in every game.

We all know there are lots of things CTB just can't do - he doesn't prepare his teams for it, and I am not even sure he would have a similar level of success if he tried. Transition offense, pressing defense, zone defense, up-tempo offense, exploiting mismatches, etc. Pitino can and has coached just about every style of play - he has a preference for defensive teams but everything is in his toolbox.

[Post edited by Toolie92 at 11/26/2021 10:57AM]

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Posted: 11/26/2021 at 10:56AM


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