Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino said on his weekly radio show that injured freshman Ahmad Gilbert will be out “probably three to four weeks” with a dislocated finger on his left hand.
The 6-6 wing injured his finger in the opening seconds of the second half of Saturday’s 70-63 loss to Indiana, and had surgery on Sunday.
Pitino said he plans to rely more on redshirt junior Charles Buggs in Gilbert’s place, starting with Wednesday’s game at Michigan. Gilbert had started at small forward in the last two games.
“I thought his length made a difference just from slap-downs in the post to guarding the three-point line,” Pitino said. “So we’ll just have to make it work, figure it out.”
On Monday night Pitino also addressed a rumor that he and father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino were interested in the newly vacant job at UNLV with the elder Pitino as the head coach and younger Pitino as the coach-in-waiting. The Gophers coach noted there was “zero truth” to the report and made it clear -- perhaps partially joking -- it wasn’t something that tempted him for a second, not so much because of the location but because of his would-be boss.
“I’ve done three years of hard time working for him, I don’t want to go back to that,” he said. “I’ve always found it funny when your name gets linked to these things …it opens you to get crushed by other people even if it isn’t true. And you’re sitting here like ‘Here we go again’ …Maybe he wants to do it which I seriously, sincerely, 1000 percent doubt – I read that and I was like ‘what?’ –but I don’t want to go back to that…. The thought of going to work for my dad again keeps me up at night.”