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Where It Stops Nobody Knows
Jackie MacMullan
May 19, 1997
After a dizzying week in which coaches' pay spun out of control, four coaches were sitting pretty with new teams, one was unsaddled and a sixth had the bull, if not the Bulls, by the horns
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May 19, 1997

Where It Stops Nobody Knows

After a dizzying week in which coaches' pay spun out of control, four coaches were sitting pretty with new teams, one was unsaddled and a sixth had the bull, if not the Bulls, by the horns

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Well, maybe not that soon. Though he inherits a potential All-Star in second-year swingman Antoine Walker, who played for him at Kentucky, Pitino is also stuck with several players who have long-term contracts that reduce salary-cap flexibility, among them Radja (three years left at almost $16 million) and guards Dee Brown (three years, $11.2 million) and Dana Barros (four years, $14.1 million). In the immediate future, Pitino plans to reinvent the players he has. He recognizes their shortcomings, but, he says, "I promise you, they will be in the best shape of their lives."

Or else. With $7 million each season backing him up, Pitino should have no trouble getting his message across.

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