Saturday, March 29, 2008

Rick Pitino Pays Tyler Hansbrough The Highest Compliment

Said the Hall of Fame coach after his Louisville team lost to the Tar Heels in the East Regional final tonight:

"I've coached against Michael (Jordan) in his prime, (Charles) Barkley in his prime, Kareem when he left," Pitino said after Hansbrough scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in North Carolina's 83-73 victory in the East Regional final Saturday night. "Magic, all the great ones. Certainly he doesn't have those abilities of those superstars. But just like shooting, rebounding and playing defense, passing, working hard is an acquired skill.

"Every NBA coach would love to have a player, not only because he works hard but he has a lot of talent. There's an old saying about offensive rebounding, that you should treat every shot as a pass to you. It's a very good saying, except most players can't do that. He does that."

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