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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