Pitino says 'no truth' to NBA rumor

Rick Pitino issued a strong denial Thursday to a published report in the New York Daily News that his associates contacted the New Jersey Nets about their open head coaching position. Pitino says there is 'no truth' to those reports.

Rick Pitino denied a report in the New York Daily News Thursday that his intermediaries reached out to the New Jersey Nets to express interest in the job on the Louisville coaches behalf.

"There's not an ounce of truth to it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Pat Forde. "I have no interest, period. I'm done with coaching professional basketball. I've put the professional ranks behind me."

Pitino's Cardinals are in New York for an important two-game Big East road trip against St. John's and Syracuse. Currently 15-8, Louisville needs to continue winning down the stretch to reach the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals have won three of their past four games.

Pitino, who is in his ninth season at UofL, hasn't shown any signs that he's thinking about leaving Louisville. In fact, he's been out on the recruiting trail as hard as any coach in the country this season chasing prospects in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 classes.

Pitino recently landed a commitment from five-star 2010 Huntington (WV) wing Justin Coleman and is also trying to secure a commitment from his 6-foot-10 teammate Gorgui Dieng for next season.

Pitino also has assembled the nation's top-ranked 2011 class with commitments from 6-5 Chicago standout Wayne Blackshear, five-star center Michael Chandler, four-star big man Zach Price and Top 100 small forward Ryan Taylor.

Louisville will open their sparkling, new 22,000-seat downtown arena next season. Pitino has actively been seeking a 'name' opponent in recent weeks to open the Cardinals new facility.

Read ESPN.com's report about Rick Pitino's denial of the NBA rumors

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