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Some phrases are versatile enough, or maybe just vague enough, to be glowing praise and cutting criticism -- both, or either, all at the same time. Like, say, this one:Rick Pitino is one of a kind.It isnt easy to summarize the breadth of three-decade coaching careers. In Pitinos case, its almost impossible. But if there is a phrase up to the job, it is that one -- enough to include both the basketball brilliance and the off-court seediness that have in recent years dueled for prominence in Pitinos story.The sordid side scored its latest victory last October, when former escort Katina Powells book, Breaking Cardinal Rules, alleged that former Louisville assistant coach Andre McGee used cash and tickets to pay escorts to have sex with recruits and players in the player dormitories of Pitinos program.On Thursday, it pushed its way to the front once more. In a notice of allegations sent to Louisville president Neville Pinto, the NCAA Committee on Infractions alleged that Pitino -- while not complicit nor charged with any direct violation himself -- did not monitor his assistant coach and failed to actively [look] for red flags.In other words: Pitino didnt know, but he should have.Overall, the notice was a minor victory for Louisville, as ESPNs Dana ONeil explained; the school avoided charges of lack of institutional control and failure to monitor, which have traditionally led to the committees most severe penalties. But the NCAAs reasonable insistence on holding coaches responsible for what happens at their programs -- the same way, say, a bank CEO is responsible for the widespread scamming of customers -- is likely to bind Pitino to the words sex and scandal in the popular consciousness long after his career is done.Because its not the first time. Before there was Katina Powell, there was Karen Cunagin Sypher. In 2009, Pitino revealed that he had been the target of an extortion attempt by Sypher and her husband, Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher, shortly before the two were arraigned and charged in U.S. District Court. The FBI was involved, Pitino announced at the time and ... no, seriously: The FBI was involved.College sports can throw its fair share of David Lynch-ian weirdness at the wall, but this was something new. Later, in court, Pitino admitted to having sex with Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville restaurant, then giving her $3,000 when she later asked for money for an abortion. The legal process forced Pitino to reveal personal details on a nightmarishly embarrassing scale, to say nothing of the moral chastisement shoveled his way.It was easy then -- as it is now -- to forget the reason why Pitino kept his job in the wake of the Sypher disaster: Because hes an incredible basketball coach.Now 64 years old, on the eve of his 31st season as a collegiate head coach, Pitino has won 743 games, averaged 24.7 wins per season, claimed 10 regular-season conference titles, 12 conference tournaments, 53 NCAA tournament victories. He is the only man in NCAA history to lead three different programs to a Final Four and?the only one to win national titles at two different schools.His first, at Kentucky, popularized a demoralizing full-court press, a tactic so effective, with a team so talented, that both Pitino and the Boston Celtics thought it could work in the NBA. It didnt, and after four seasons Pitino returned to college basketball, this time at UKs hated rival.Nearly two decades after his first, Pitino would win his second championship. The Untouchables 1996 title was brute force; the 2013 triumph was a tour de force, a showcase for the more subtle, more flexible defensive mastery Pitino wields like a magic wand.The Cardinals have ranked among the nations five best defenses in each of the past six seasons, and eight of the past 10, and they have done so with merely good, but never overwhelming, talent. Pitino doesnt press as much as he used to, though his teams can. They play a lot of zone, but also a lot of man, and a lot of in-between. Occasionally, Pitino will clap his hands, or stomp his foot, and in an instant his defenders will execute a perfect half-court trap -- almost as if the coach was queuing commands in a video game.He might be the greatest defensive mind in the history of the college game. That is not an exaggeration.At a news conference Thursday, as Pitino insisted he was not guilty of failing to monitor his staff (Im guilty of trusting someone, Pitino said), the coach rattled off a long list of his former assistants: Billy Donovan, Mick Cronin, Andy Enfield, Jim OBrien, Frank Vogel, Herb Sendek, Tubby Smith. The point was about trust, but the reminder was implied: The mans legacy as a coach runs as deep and wide as any in the sport. That is how he will be remembered.Yet there will also be the other side. It will be nearly impossible to shake entirely.Odds are, this season or (more likely) next, Pitino, yet another legendary coach staring down some form of scandal in the twilight years of his career, will face some sort of suspension, and will be forced to watch his team from home. The defense he will see -- not man, not zone, maybe both, maybe neither -- will be the kind only he could have devised. 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Kevin Durant and the Los Angeles Clippers met for approximately four hours Friday night in the Hamptons, and sources close to the situation say Durant was blown away by the Clippers presentation.Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, president Doc Rivers, executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were present at the meeting.According to a source, Durant was incredibly impressed by the vision and direction of the Clippers and made a strong connection with those at the meeting.Chris Paul did not make it to the meeting but spoke to Durant beforehand and made his pitch over the phone; the two have talked throughout the process, including last week, sources told ESPN.Durant met with the Spurs on Saturday morning and that presentation lasted under two hours, sources told ESPNs Marc Stein. 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