Rick Pitino’s Greek team advances to finals after opponent just quit at halftime

first_imgMORE: Pitino has “deep interest” in coaching NBA team”We should have left earlier,” Olympiakos general director Christos Stavropoulos told reporters. “The Greek state needs to take measures to clean this filth.”Olympiakos players received three fouls in the first 28 seconds, and Panathinaikos held a 40-25 lead at halftime. But while Olympiakos blamed the refs, Panathinaikos owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos saw things differently.”It was something already planned,” he told reporters. “It seems that they cannot pay their players. They threw the towel and now they say that they don’t like the refs. Maybe the Aggelopoulos family wants to leave Olympiakos and to blame us and the refs. It’s unacceptable. You lose or win on the court.”And as if things weren’t weird enough, Giannakopoulos apparently tried to send a message after the game: Basketball:Panathinaikos – Olympiacos 13.02.2019.Olympiacos left the game at halftime while complaining about the referees.After that Panathinaikos owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos put a pair of woman’s underwear on the empty bench of Olympiacos. pic.twitter.com/NVXNWF8wg1— When Sunday Comes (@WSCsupporters) February 13, 2019As a result of the forfeit, Olympiakos could face points deductions in the Greek league.Pitino took to Twitter to comment about the bizarre finish afterward.Well in 42 years of coaching I, thought I had seen it all. Up 15 at halftime. Motivating my team to come out with great intensity the first 5 minutes. We were fired up except Olympiakos never came back out. Game over. Onto the Greek Cup finals in Crete on Sunday #paobc— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) February 13, 2019Pitino’s team thus will advance to the Greek Cup final against PAOK. Rick Pitino has had a long career as a basketball coach, but he saw something new this week.During a Greek Cup semifinal game against Pitino’s Panathinaikos, the Olympiakos team just quit at halftime. And not in the cliched sense that they didn’t play well. They literally didn’t come back onto the court for the second half. The team, led by former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, apparently was upset by the refereeing that took place.last_img

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