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At the opening night welcome party, Aug 10, 2015, Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
At the opening night welcome party, Aug 10, 2015, Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The University of Louisville Cardinals are scheduled to play 9 games in 6 days, a special series of exhibition games against the Puerto Rico National team. Rick Pitino is coaching the PR players and his UofL assistants are coaching the Cardinals.

Pitino (and returning players) say that this new team has a much stronger bond than last year’s team. They break every huddle with a shout of FAMILY.

Rick Pitino greeted by local media at the San Juan airport terminal
Rick Pitino greeted by local media at the San Juan airport terminal

Puerto Rico reporter: “What do you want to accomplish here?”
Rick Pitino: “We want to win.”
Reporter: “Which team?”
Pitino: “Yes.”

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Coach Ralph Willard directs the UofL Cardinals in their opening game against the Puerto Rico National team.  August 11, 2015
Coach Ralph Willard directs the UofL Cardinals in their opening game against the Puerto Rico National team. August 11, 2015

While Ralph Willard led the Louisville starters, Rick Pitino coached his Puerto Rico team at the other end of the floor.

UofL backup players were matched with the Puerto Rico junior team.
UofL backup players were matched with the Puerto Rico junior team.

But there is more than basketball for spectators in San Juan.

Basketball is not the only game in town
Basketball is not the only game in town
art adorning the doorway of a San Juan beach bar
art adorning the doorway of a San Juan beach bar

Hey look! I finally got my own statue. Thank you, Puerto Rico. The iHeartMedia global mobile app is really paying off

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