Rick Pitino stressed to the Louisville fans during this week's tipoff luncheon that he is focued on basketball heading into the season. He urged the large crowd to stay positive despite a long summer marred in Pitino's off-the-court issues.
"Don't succumb to being a critic," Pitino said. "Don't become part of that negative environment that just knocks and constantly says things that tear things down. Build things up. That's what positive people do."
Pitino told the fans that he is ready for basketball.
"I am totally focused right now, as I am every basketball season," he said.
He welcomed the Louisville fans to come out and see for themselves.
"Come first game of the season, we'll show our fans and show the country what we're all about," he said.