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He was very determined that no team would put a waiver claim in on him, because he was headed to Miami. Boston selected Chauncey Billups with the No. I don't turn on my players. Powered by WordPress. Houston is already the number one team in terms of pace this year, and question about how Billlups asshole will fit with James Harden has not yet been answered.
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Rick Pitino was supposed to save the Boston Celtics. Sixteen years ago, the NBA 's most storied franchise reached into the college ranks and snatched up the charismatic coach from Kentucky, plying him with draft lottery hopes and promises of unprecedented power over the organization's decisions.
Pitino went just in three-and-a-half seasons as the Celtics head coach, general manager and president. Obsessed with winning on his terms and driven to impose his will on the team, Pitino brazenly alienated his players and the city of Boston. Just as disastrously, the slickest press-conference charmer in the business uncharacteristically lost his cool in front of the media as the on-court defeats mounted.
After such a calamity, you'd have thought that the Celtics would be reluctant to hire another successful coach from the amateur ranks. Boston's unmitigated disaster certainly served as a warning to the rest of the league, as no NBA team had signed a prominent college coach since Pitino's midseason resignation in The Celtics are heading into a new era, and it'll be critical for them to examine the lessons of the much darker time in their not-so-distant past.
The Pitino experiment didn't work out but, by looking at what went wrong in that sad chapter of Boston's history, perhaps it'll be easier to avoid a similar ending this time around. Maybe it's unfair to parse words retroactively, but look back at the transcript of virtually any interview with Pitino during his time with the Celtics and you'll notice how frequently he used the first person. Given the chance, he effortlessly converted common questions into opportunities for self-aggrandizement.
Look, this is the way I am. All of my players are like children to me, especially the Kentucky kids. I am loyal to all of them. If my kids don't come home on time, do I stop being their father? Of course not. I don't turn on my players. My job is to be extremely loyal to them. If I don't like something Antoine said, he is still my college basketball player and I love him dearly.
He's going to get a lot of love from me and he's going to get a lot of discipline from me, too. I say this about all my players: They'll appreciate me more when their careers are over.
To be fair to Pitino, his confidence was earned. He'd been a victory machine at Kentucky, and even enjoyed some success in his two seasons with the New York Knicks from Plus, the Celtics treated him like a king. The hot-shot act always played well with college kids, most of whom were eager for leadership and willing to listen to Pitino's directives. But NBA players were a different story. Pitino's ego and desire to make himself the center of attention only served to irritate veterans and stifle the growth of younger players.
His way of leading is providing a place for players to be their best, not making himself—or any pressures of the moment—the center of attention. Many a college coach has been unable to set his legend aside to lift a team instead. Stevens hasn't let such a legend form.
Admittedly, this second lesson is an extension of the first one. Pitino's coaching style, just like the persona he employed in interviews, was very much "Rick-centric. The full-court presses and mass substitutions that led to so much success in college were going to define his Celtics teams, consequences be damned. Even when it became clear that the desired results of Pitino's preferred style—forced turnovers, a fast pace, general chaos—weren't leading to wins, the coach stuck stubbornly to his guns.
Knowing when to back off and let his players play is a skill Pitino, a compulsive micromanager, has yet to learn. The ultimate upshot of Pitino's micromanaging ways was a dangerous impatience that led to a knee-jerk trade.
Boston selected Chauncey Billups with the No. So he swapped him for Kenny Anderson, a guard Pitino had admired in college and the type of player he believed would be a better fit for his style. Anderson was a decent player under Pitino, but at 27, his best years were already behind him. Hindsight is , but there's a reason it's practically unheard of for a No. Pitino overreacted, driven by his all-consuming desire to control every aspect of his team, and it cost the Celtics dearly.
Christopher L. The professorial Stevens, who took Butler to back-to-back Final Fours in and , has the persona of a teacher, not a taskmaster. That ability to teach and nurture is why he was one of the most respected and sought after coaches in college basketball. Rick Pitino sure could work a room. Had the ability to connect with an audience, to reel them in with self-assured speech and a confident smile.
Like any good recruiter, Pitino could make just about anyone fall in love with him by sheer force of personality. When the walls were caving in around him, Pitino still commanded rapt attention. Even his meltdowns were compelling. Remember this epic rant? What you don't hear before the clip cuts off is the following crescendo, transcribed by Allen St. All the negativity that's in this town sucks.
I've been around when Jim Rice was booed. I've been around when Yastrzemski was booed. And it stinks. It makes the greatest town, greatest city in the world, lousy. You've got the wrong guy leading this team. But the Celtics know now that it's not enough to have a sound-bite machine running the organization. Spin only goes so far, and when things go bad on the court and everyone wants answers, there's no amount of charisma or charm that can prevent a good, old-fashioned meltdown.
Just try to imagine the mild-mannered Stevens erupting in front of the press like Pitino did. Ridiculous, right? First, Pitino is an indisputably brilliant basketball coach. He's a proven winner who has since admitted that he simply wasn't cut out to manage the personalities in the NBA.
There aren't many coaches who'd so willingly admit to their own failings, even when said failings were so publicly obvious. Credit him for that. And second, there are still a hundred other reasons why Stevens might ultimately be a bust. Just because he won't fail in the same fashion as Pitino doesn't mean he can't find any number of new ways to achieve the same disappointing results.
Stevens is a brilliant tactician, and has a malleable basketball mind that understands a key concept: Players dictate styles—not the other way around. Moreover, he's perfect for the increasingly analytical bent of NBA strategy and has the demeanor to relate nuanced, statistically driven information in comprehensible language. But he's got zero NBA experience and will almost certainly have to endure a couple of losing seasons before things turn around. If the above lessons are any indication, the Celtics haven't repeated their mistake by hiring Stevens.
He's not a me-first coach, doesn't micromanage and certainly won't conduct bombastic press conferences that embarrass the team. In other words, he's nothing like Pitino.
The Celtics certainly wouldn't have hired him if he was. Follow g30three. The Celtics Are Fun Again.
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So we'll be seeing Vince drive to the basket only to step back behind the three point line and shoot some bricks. Even though the Raptors are young, I think Bosh will run all over the Nets big men. Toronto in 6. Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls: Hinrich always gives Wade fits with his defense, and unlike last year the Bulls now have some big men. I see a first round exit for the champs this year. Chicago in 6 or 7. This will be a test for the Mavs defense but I think they'll evntually win the series.
Dallas in 6. Phoenix in 5. San Antonio in AI and Melo are good for one win a piece. Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz: This series has 7 games written all over it.
Rockets in 7. Mcgrady finally gets out of the first round. I pretty much agree with you in every aspect except the Cleveland one,grant it Washington has been in a huge slump since the Arenas and Butler injuries but i don't think Jamison will let a sweep happen and Butler is quite possibly gonna return in the playoffs but i doubt it and Cleveland really doesn't play like a 2nd seed should.
Orlando's been limping down the stretch, but I see them at least winning one game in this series. Detroit will move on, though. Washington's in deep shit. No Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler won't be at entirely full strength, and their only other real scoring threat is Antawn Jamison. Cleveland should have no problems with Washington.
This will be a good series. Toronto might not have the playoff experience that New Jersey has, but they make up for that in talent, especially with T. Ford and Chris Bosh. I say Toronto will take this one in six. These ones are always the hardest to predict. Chicago's been tough all year, and Miami's struggled, yet are boasting a full roster now.
I stil see that Wade and Shaq are going to be kind of banged up from this, and Chicago's style will really wear and tear on them. I see Chicago taking this series in six games. You'd think this should be easy for Dallas, but it won't be.
They lost to Golden State three times this year, the most of any team in the league. This won't be a pushover series for Dallas, but I still give them the win in six games. I think Phoenix shouldn't have too many problems with Los Angeles. The only way the Lakers stand a shot is if Kobe learns to limit his shot selection. He takes some radical shots out there. If he learns to share the ball more, they might have a chance. However, if this does not happen, Suns in five.
San Antonio's just going to have way too much for Carmelo, Iverson and the Nuggets. Spurs in five. I'm backing my team all the way on this one and throughout the playoffs.
This will be the best series of the eight, going down to the wire. Utah may not have an answer for Yao, but they sure do for T-Mac. It'll go down to six or seven games, with Utah moving on to the second round. You can follow me and be a fan here!!! Detroits will take this in games. They're starting lineup is too talented for Howard to overcome. Cavs will easily win this series in 5 games. The Wizards are limping into the playoffs because of the big injuries they have to deal with.
I dont say sweep because Washington will still have some life in them, especially with Jamison becoming the fill in leader of the team. Toronto wins this in 6.
Both teams have been hot lately, but Toronto has a better overall team right now. Plus Bosh is just becoming a monster out there. A close matchup, but I give it to the Bulls. They were the best Eastern Conference team down the last stretch, and their good play should continue for this round.
I say they win it in games. Golden States been a monster on offense lately and is entering the playoffs winning 9 of thier last 10, but Dallas is just too good of a team. I see the series going 6 games. The Suns are a fun team to watch, considering they have the best offense, however they also have one of the worst defenses, and they are facing Kobe.
Im expecting high scoring games, but im also expecting the Suns to come out the winner in 5. San Antonio is one of the most well rounded teams right now, and I find it hard to see how Denver can get past them.
Melo, and AI will make it interesting, but as long as the refs dont pull any shady shit, the Spurs win this in games. Utah started this season on a great streak, but they havent been playing as well lately. They go up against T-Mac, and Yao. Also considering the Rockets are the best defensive team in the league they're at least top 3 , I see the Rockets taking out the Jazz in 6 games. I believe the Bulls will go to the Finals.
They have one of the best defenses. As for the Lakers, it going to be an exciting series to watch. With all the leads and boos. I think Kobe is going to pass the ball in that series. My userpage! Visit for Upcoming news.. Half the people on Newgrounds dislike me.. I would have been rooting for The Heat, but then again their record isn't in the 50s and they lost to the bulls on the starting game of the regular season.
A bad loss for the Heat being down by 40 points, while the Bulls celebrated. The bulls are going to punish the Heat. Since Cavs have the 2nd seed now i could see them going to the finals considering the teams between that part are Cleveland,Toronto,Washington and New Jersey but if the whole lack of playoff experience is bullshit then i see Toronto going to the Eastern Finals along with either Detroit or Chicago.
I was the first to know Dumbledore was gay! You have to understand one thing about the Rockets: All the pressure is on them! Nobody expected Utah to make it this far. Hell, probably half the "experts" predicted them to not even make the playoffs. That's why there's no pressure on them.
All the pressure goes to Houston, particularly T-Mac. He still hasn't made it out of the first round of the playoffs in his career. This is his biggest chance to prove the critics wrong, but I don't know how he'll be able to handle this sort of pressure. I still see Utah taking this one, no matter how good Houston is. I sell beats here Matt Mattik. You asshole, I was going to make this topic.
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