Rick Pitino's time in Boston wasn't necessarily an "era" so much as a "quagmire."
With Pitino as coach and president, the Celtics writhed to a 102-146 record and became the sports laughingstock of the city before Pitino skittered away in the winter of 2001.
Things have gone better since Pitino fled without so much as a farewell press conference. He has added another NCAA championship and three more Final Four appearances at Louisville, and on Sunday he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at Boston University, Providence College, Kentucky and Louisville.
But returning to the state of his greatest professional failure forced him to reflect on those rough years on Causeway Street.
"It sort of defined me in the end, because there [were] probably two things missing in my life as a coach," Pitino told The Boston Globe. "One was humility, and the other one was failure. We took over a 15-win team before we got there, and I banked e...