Rick Pitino: “We’re not as tough as we were last year”

Rick Pitino Panathinaikos Baskonia
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Rick Pitino was not impressed by his team effort against Real Madrid getting into the comparison with last year’s squad.

“So we don’t have any illusions of who we are. But this team of mine this year is not as good as last year’s team at the defensive end and in rebounding the basketball. And physically, we’re not as tough as we were last year.”

Panathinaikos is the second worst defensive squad this season, conceding about 86.6 points per contest, with Pitino talking about his team’s defensive and rebounding woes.

“We have no illusions of grandeur with our basketball team. We’re not a great defensive team, we’re not a great rebounding team. So we’re going just gut it out. Do everything possible to just make the playoffs.”

After the loss to the Spaniards, Panathinaikos dropped to 14-12 standing in the sixth-seed of the EuroLeague standings.