During the press conference ahead of the Greek Cup Final, Panathinaikos head coach Rick Pitino referred to the match against Olympiacos on Wednesday (13/02).
Here is what the 66-year-old Hall of Famer said:
“I will say one thing and only one thing about the Olympiacos game because it’s not the time for that. I have great respect for PAOK, for Olympiacos and for every team we play against but I am more concerned about the image that we painted for all the young Greeks, that they have to understand that you play the game.
And if you have a problem afterward, you handle it the right way. But because of the young people, watching this, you have to finish the game. I have great respect for Olympiacos, their coach, and their players, but the game is much bigger than Rick Pitino, much bigger than David Blatt, much bigger than Panathinaikos, much bigger than Olympiacos. The game is the game. And you have to respect it at all times.”