IPRB wrote a story week about Former National Team Head Coach, Carlos Morales and his position on the hiring of Rick Pitino. His son Carlos Morales Jr. sent our Editor a note and wanted to ensure that the facts are on the record. We are happy to do that and ensure that our readers always get the facts. With so many blogs printing anything and everything IPRB will always ensure that our readers get the facts.
The Morales' family is one of the great Puerto Rican "basketball families" with a son following in their fathers' footsteps. The great ones like Toro, Melendez, Cintron and Morales have served this country well and will always receive the respect they have earned! We may not always agree with the great ones but our duty is to print the facts as they are presented to us. We owe them that and our readers require that of us as well. When you love the game like we do it is an honor and duty we happily carry out.
Carlos Morales Jr. stated the following,"I am just writing to you because I was reading the inside puerto rico basketball blog and saw the blog about my father against the Pitino selection. Sometimes information can get misinterpreted. You state that he disagrees with the selection, and that is NOT THE CASE. He is constantly asked about the situation and he always states the same. That the selection of Pitino had caught him by surprise since the talk in P.R. was of moving towards the "European Game" with a European caliber coach. He also states that Pitino is a great defensive coach and it will be interesting to see how it all works out.
Morales Jr. continued, "My father did say that Pitino will need a period of adjustment, in which he would have to rely heavily on his assistants and or scouts because the FIBA game is different to the American game (this is also an opinion that Coach K stated in 2006). But he has never said that it was the wrong decision he just felt that it was unexpected. If you read other interview from the summer done by Primera Hora and El Nuevo Dia he talked about the different European Coaches that would be good for the P.R. national team. That is why it doesn't add up to see him as an Anti-foreigner. Both me and my father were very disappointed to see this but hope it all can be fixed."
In his father's defense Morales Jr. shows real leadership and an ability to communicate a clear and concise message. Two traits that all great coaches possess. Sometimes you get a story wrong and misinterpret information. The record is clear and once again IPRB shows a willingness to ensure that we always print the facts.