Springfield, MA - Rick Pitino remembers the "training meals" at the local pizza place where his Boston University teams ate more than 30 years ago.
Even Hall of Famers have to start somewhere.
Pitino was inducted along with 11 others into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The ceremony was held five months after he led Louisville to the NCAA title. He is the only coach to take three schools to the Final Four.
His obscure beginning at Boston University provided a foundation for a head coaching career that took him to two NBA teams and three other colleges, all reaching the Final Four and two winning NCAA championships. He spent five years with the Terriers before leaving for two years as an assistant with the New York Knicks.