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Pitino makes light of humbling Celtics run

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07:19 AM ET 09.09 | Credit Rick Pitino for making light of his infamous rant in the midst of his Hall of Fame speech, though it did take nearly 15 minutes before he mentioned his Celtics tenure. Pitino devised a brilliant way to discuss that tenure. He said he was taking pictures at Symphony Hall before the ceremony when Larry Bird walked in, and Pitino couldn't pass on the opportunity to acknowledge the coincidence. "He finally walks through the door," Pitino said, in reference to his infamous March 1, 2000, postgame speech after a loss to Toronto, when he chastised Celtics fans for glorifying the past. "And I said, 'What took you so long to walk through that door?' And he said to me, 'You don't want me now.'" ... And it may be time for the Celtics faithful who dislike that era to forgive if not forget.

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September 9, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Didn't get to watch the HOF w/ too many football games going on and the US Open.

September 9, 2013  09:02 AM ET

We Celtics fans forgive.....but we NEVER forget ;)

September 9, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Just amazes me how a few seasons ago Rondo told Cp3 and I quote "Am better than you, and you wish you were on my team, and you won't win a ring with that team"(the then hornets).
Few seasons removed from the 08 celtics title and injuries, to Perkins being traded to the celtics now to be fighting for the eighth seed, meanwhile Cp3 and the clippers have a chance to make the finals at the very least.
Minus the big 3 now let's see how well Rondo does without them.
He thinks he is better than he actually is....

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September 9, 2013  10:02 AM ET

The Gory Days, Bro?

September 9, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Pitino 1
Bird 0
Ha!

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September 9, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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Pitino's legacy would look a lot different had the ping-pong balls in the Duncan derby bounced his way.Instead of the big fundamental, he ended up with Chauncey Billups, before his MR. Big shot days, and Ron fracking Mercer.Put those guys on the Spurs team with Elliot, the Little General and the Admiral under Pop and I bet Robinson would have retired ringless.

probably right....then again Pitino is a college coach thru and thru....just like Coach K and Bobby Knight.

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September 9, 2013  03:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pitino's legacy would look a lot different had the ping-pong balls in the Duncan derby bounced his way.Instead of the big fundamental, he ended up with Chauncey Billups, before his MR. Big shot days, and Ron fracking Mercer.Put those guys on the Spurs team with Elliot, the Little General and the Admiral under Pop and I bet Robinson would have retired ringless.

Very true. The Clippers were just off by one year and ended up with the Kandiman. If Duncan went to the Clipshow I bet your team would have more than one division title banner hanging.

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