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Pitino Pals With George Clooney; Buys House IN Boston
Pitino makes inside move to Hub
by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Friday, October 8, 1999
Boston Celtics hoop honcho Rick Pitino is getting ready to pack up the
Ponderosa out in swank Sherborn and set the family up in Boston's tony
Pitino, who still has the ``For Sale'' sign up on the lawn of his $2.45
million 11-room Colonial, told the Track he, wife Joanne and the kids are
moving into their new digs on Commonwealth Avenue Dec. 1 whether he sells
the Sherborn house or not.
Well, it's not like the coach needs a bridge loan from Citizens Bank or
The Pitinos' new Back Bay abode costs in the neighborhood of $5 million to
$6 million, according to real estate sources. Nice neighborhood!
The Celtics cheese - who pitched the Pitino tent in the Hub during his
Boston University coaching days - said traveling is the reason he and the
family are moving into Boston.
``I spend 75 nights a year in Boston and I live 45 minutes away,'' he
said. ``And my two younger kids go to school in Newton, which is only six
miles from the city and they can certainly use the shorter commute.''
Well, we cannot wait for the coach to pop up on the Track's radar screen.
It's sure to be a wild winter!
In other Pitino news, the coach says after a round robin of telephone
calls and aborted plans for a pick-up game, he finally got together with
his buddy, George Clooney, when the ex-``ER'' stud was here filming ``The
``We hooked up at the airport when I was flying in and he was flying
out,'' said the coach, who met the Kentucky-born Hollywood hunk when he
was coaching college hoop in the Bluegrass State.
The basketball buddies met when the University of Kentucky Wildcats were
in the NCAA Final Four in 1996 and Clooney, being a Lexington homeboy,
took in the championship courtside with the Pitino family.
``My wife has such a crush on him,'' he said. ``In fact, a couple of weeks
ago when she was waiting for me at Signature Air, someone told her that
Clooney was there and I swear she made a beeline through the window to see
him - forget the door.''
And who could blame her???