Rick Pitino frustrated as St. John’s rebuild effort piles up losses

St. John's coach Rick Pitino yells out instructions to his team during the first half against Seton Hall at UBS Arena.

NEW YORK — Take it from someone who knows: St. John’s is “not a great basketball team,” St. John’s coach Rick Pitino said after a 77-64 loss earlier this month to No. 1 Connecticut.

Now 71 years old and on his sixth Division I job, Pitino remains an astute evaluator of talent. The Red Storm are not a great basketball team by any stretch of the imagination; they are, actually, extremely average, if not somewhat worse. And with each passing loss − and the losses continue to add up − Pitino’s frustration reaches a new high.

“We’re not a great shooting team and we’re not a great defensive team,” he said. “I look at it pragmatically. We are small, we are slow laterally, we don’t shoot the ball great and we don’t play great defense because of those shortcomings. These are the weaknesses.

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