Friday , May , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rick Pitino Unlikely to Become Coach of Sacramento Kings

Rick Pitino has been around the NBA block twice now. Will there be a third time? At least not at the moment.

Responding to an Internet report that said the Louisville coach is a candidate for the Sacramento Kings job, university spokesperson Kenny Klein said he spoke to Pitino on Friday morning and Pitino said he has no intention of leaving the Cardinals.

"He’s not going to the Sacramento Kings," Klein told’s Andy Katz.

NBA coaching sources confirmed to that contact with the Kings was initiated by Pitino’s camp. Sacramento never considered him as it began drafting a list of potential candidates to replace Kenny Natt.

"I think he’s a great coach and he’s done an unbelievable job at Louisville," Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof said, according to Yahoo! Sports, "but we haven’t talked to him."