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Articles tagged: Panathinaikos

Rick Pitino celebrates after winning Greek Cup title

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino has won a lot of things in basketball, and now he can add “Green Cup champion” to his resume.

The Hall of Fame basketball coach led Panathinaikos to the Greek Cup title on Sunday with a 79-73 win, and he posted a picture of his championship team on Twitter to celebrate the accomplishment.

Pitino’s team took a rather odd route to the final after a semifinal forfeit, but they certainly seem to have played well when it counted. The team features several former college standouts, including Nick Calathes, Adreian Payne, Keith Langford, and Sean Kilpatrick. Also on the team is Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brother of Giannis.

Now 66, Pitino still wants to coach stateside, but faces a long road back after his Louisville program became caught up in an FBI probe. At least he can still find success overseas.

Rick Pitino’s Greek team wins after other team forfeits at halftime in protest

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino’s Panathinaikos team has advanced to the finals of the Greek Cup in bizarre circumstances.

Pitino’s team was leading Olympiacos 40-25 at halftime. As they prepared for the second half, they waited for Olympiacos to emerge from the locker room, but that never happened.

Olympiacos forfeited the game in protest of the referees. Pitino wrote about it on Twitter, saying he’d never experienced anything like it.

The oddities didn’t end there — Panathinaikos owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos put a pair of women’s underwear on the Olympiacos bench after their forfeit.

Things are just completely different in Greece. It’s something Pitino needs to get used to. As for Olympiacos, when you’re in the same category as LaVar Ball, that’s never a good sign.