Last year, dismayed by his team's continual failure to even make the playoffs, much less contend for a championship, Pitino quit --- announcing his resignation in Florida, though he promised to fly back to Boston for a press conference. Conventional wisdom at the time was that Pitino the coach (and self-proclaimed master motivator; "Success", quoth the title of his book, "is a choice") had been failed by Pitino the GM, who had made several ill-advised trades trying to win immediately, at all costs, and saddling the team with overpaid players who he couldn't motivate, who would be a boat anchor on the teams' performance for years to come.
When Pitino quit, the team went on a quick winning streak, and
defied expectations by at least contending for the playoffs. This
year, the same basic team, augmented by a few excellent trades, is in
(so far) the second round of the playoffs. The crowd in the
New Boston GardenFleetCenter is loud and wild.
We're still waiting for that press conference. Rick, are you ready for your close-up?