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Should Pitino be mentioned with other great coaches such as Dean Smith, Bobby Knight, and John Wooden? I mean every college he goes to just wins...I think when he takes Louisville to the championship in the next few years he will be thought of as that...
 

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To answer your question no not even close. But among recent "greats" in the last 20 years or so, sure, quite easily. He's good at recruiting (very good, actually), and good at designing a system to defeat the opponent he is facing. But he's garbage as an in game coach. If the opponent has his plan known, there's nothing Pitino can do to change things because he's just not good at that. So if his teams are going to lose, they'll lose. Look at his horrible in game decision in that one UK/Duke game where he didn't put a defender on Grant Hill, which gave him a clear look to pass to Laettner. He admitted that mistake, but it shouldn't be made in the first place, that's just basic basketball right there.

But he can win because he'll BS his way into getting good players to come to his school. He also is good at making the guys confident. But he's not close to all time greats.
 

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Compared to Wooden? Hell no.

But put him up against the modern coaches like Tubby and Coach K, and he is right there with him. JMO.
 

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Pan Mengtu hit the nail on the head. Great recruiter, great motivator, great liar/deceiver, and great in terms of preparation, but just not good at all as an in-game coach. In close game situations in his overall college career, he has a losing record, and it's not even an "almost-alright-record", it's just a terrible one that shows he's not a very good bench coach.
 
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