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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Celtics
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"They practice hard, and they're tough-minded. Otherwise I don't know where to begin with them. They are so bad.... They cannot defend against anybody. Rick Pitino can coach, but it's hard to be successful without personnel. Maybe that makes him a lousy executive. After three years, they should be better than they are.... I don't understand their long-term strategy. It's hard to improve when the answer to everything is a quick fix. They're in serious trouble in terms of the salary cap and their roster. There are so many questions about a franchise that was once so solid and rich in tradition.... Paul Pierce is their best player by far. He can become one of the best players in the conference in a couple of years. But is he going to re-sign when his contract is up after the 2001-02 season if Pitino is still there?...It wouldn't be a surprise to people around the league if Pitino walked away from his contract and ended with some major college program in the spring."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Celtics

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"They practice hard, and they're tough-minded. Otherwise I don't know where to begin with them. They are so bad.... They cannot defend against anybody. Rick Pitino can coach, but it's hard to be successful without personnel. Maybe that makes him a lousy executive. After three years, they should be better than they are.... I don't understand their long-term strategy. It's hard to improve when the answer to everything is a quick fix. They're in serious trouble in terms of the salary cap and their roster. There are so many questions about a franchise that was once so solid and rich in tradition.... Paul Pierce is their best player by far. He can become one of the best players in the conference in a couple of years. But is he going to re-sign when his contract is up after the 2001-02 season if Pitino is still there?...It wouldn't be a surprise to people around the league if Pitino walked away from his contract and ended with some major college program in the spring."

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