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Jeff Van Gundy shares funny story about ‘brat’ Richard Pitino

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Jeff Van Gundy shared a funny story on Wednesday about the time he had to take care of Rick Pitino’s son, Richard, whom he termed a “brat.”

Van Gundy was broadcasting the Spurs-Warriors game for ESPN when announcer Mike Breen talked about how Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spent time learning under Don Nelson in Golden State before becoming a head coach. Among other things, Nelson forced Pop to go golfing. That led to Van Gundy being asked to share a story about a time he was forced to do something for a great coach when he was an assistant.

Here’s the story:

Van Gundy says he was asked by Rick Pitino to take Richard, who is now the Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach, to a carnival. He was given $10 to let Richard play with, and the kid went through it quickly and expected Van Gundy to pitch in with some more funds.

“Richard Pitino, you were a brat that night!” Van Gundy joked.

Van Gundy thinks Pitino was around 7 or 8 years old at the time, which just puts everything into perspective considering Richard is now 34 and a head coach. Funny story.


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