Former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino’s advice to Izzo: Forget the NBA

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Thirteen years ago, faced much the same choice that is facing right now. Pitino was 44 years old, he had just taken to two straight championship games (winning once, in 1996), and the were dangling $50 million in hopes Pitino would take over their franchise. What’s more, the Celtics were coming off a 15-67 record and had a good chance to land Tim Duncan with the the top pick in the upcoming draft.