Get Him to the Greek: The next chapter in Rick Pitino’s odyssey will take him all the way to Greece, says The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Eurohoops.
The former University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinals coach will lead the Greek EuroLeague’s Panathinaikos, based in Athens.
Which is not as cool as it sounds. I was thinking a Panathinaikos might be an angry Greek panther or something like that, but no. The direct translation is simply Pan-Athenian Athletic Club.
According to ESPN, Pitino is expected to coach his first game on Dec. 27 and his deal is set to run only through the end of the current season. Panathinaikos reportedly fired coach Xavi Pascual Thursday to clear the way for Pitino.
Former Cardinal Peyton Siva might have said it best when he said:
Back in October, Pitino told ESPN:
I just want to be a part of an organization. I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I’m using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I’d have deep interest in it.
Panathinaikos are a big deal in Europe, winning six EuroLeague championships, the last in 2011. The team is currently undefeated in the Greek League, but not doing so well in the EuroLeague, which is the more important — the team is 10th in the league with a record of 6-7.
Pitino will inherit a host of American players with Panathinaikos: Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, James Gist of Maryland, Keith Langford of Kansas and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He’ll also inherit an owner known for his volatility, Dimitrios Giannakopoulos. He’s taken some official sanctions for his behavior toward opponents and officials including an incident reported by ESPN in 2015 asserting that the owner entered the referees’ dressing room and threatened them and their families.
According to the Crew Chief’s report, Giannakopoulos said:
I’ll kill you. You will not leave Greece tonight alive! I promise you this from my eyes…This lasted for 2 minutes and there were no securiti or police at that time to protect us.
That kind of thing could be an issue for some, but Pitino coached on both sides of the Cardinal and Wildcat rivalry. That kind of talk wouldn’t even nudge the needle on the crazy meter around these parts.
Cooking with Audrey: Here’s a feel good for the holidays: Louisville’s own Audrey Nethery appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” this week. The 10-year-old YouTuber went on to promote her new cookbook, “Audrey’s Kitchen: My Family Favorites.” Here she is cooking with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
If you’d like to order a copy of “Audrey’s Kitchen,” head over to Audrey’s DBA Photo Booth on Facebook; they’ve all the details for you there.
All proceeds go to the DBA Foundation to find a cure for Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Diamond-Blackfan anemia is a genetic disorder that affects bone marrow and approximately half those with DBA have physical abnormalities in various parts of the body.
It affects approximately five to seven per million newborns worldwide and currently, there are very few treatments available: blood transfusions, steroid therapy or bone marrow transplant.
If you’re new to Audrey, she has about 627,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, designed to raise awareness and fund research for better treatment options or better yet, a cure.
Here’s her music video for the organization Singing for Superheroes:
Singing for Superheroes uses music and the power of superheroes to empower kids with illnesses and disabilities. And there’s another Louisville connection there — they list the Ali Center as one of their brand partners.
Here’s Audrey again for the group, with “3 Reasons Music is Medicine”:
Made in Kentucky: Sara Bradley of Paducah is having herself a year, says Bravo’s The Daily Dish. She’s not only a contestant on Season 16 of “Top Chef” filmed right here in Kentucky, but she also has something else cooking for 2019.
“Say hi to the newest cook in the kitchen, lula bea, premiering may 2019…#bunintheoven.”
And if you’re tracking her progress on the show, she’s still hanging in. Last episode had the chefs go at it in a holiday-themed throw down and in the end, Kevin Scharpf had to pack his knives and return Galena, Ill.
The fourth Episode of “Top Chef: Kentucky” airs on Dec. 27 at 9 p.m.
The suit asserts Mr. Weinstein met the 22-year-old plaintiff “Jane Doe” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and over the course of the next two years, continued a pattern of sexual assault and misconduct with the plaintiff’s potential career held as ransom.
The suit also contends Mr. Weinstein attempted to use Jennifer Lawrence as an example during an altercation in March 2013, asserting the relationship moved beyond professional.
Ms. Lawrence released a statement Friday both in support of the plaintiff and restating the relationship with Mr. Weinstein remained strictly professional:
My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein. I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.
A representative for Mr. Weinstein said in a statement:
Mr. Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms. Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation. This filing further proves that anyone can say whatever they want in a lawsuit for maximum shock value, to defame and debase, without having to offer any facts or reality.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice James Burke ruled another case against Mr. Weinstein can go forward, reports The Washington Post and Reuters. The judge denied the defense’s motion to drop the five felony charges, including counts of first- and third-degree rape. That case will move to pretrial on March 7.
Can’t end on that for the pre-holiday column of the mighty “In Other News …,” so let me leave you with the new “Hellboy” trailer:
Oh. That’s maybe not the best Christmas thing. How about the new “Men in Black” trailer? Here’s that one:
How about the Christmas edition of “Carpool Karaoke” with Paul McCartney, Ariana Grande and Cardi B.? Let’s do that.
That one’s being stubborn and won’t embed, so you’ll have to bounce off to YouTube to see it there.
Be safe, everybody.
See you next week.