On Sunday, Rick Pitino was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. His induction had everything to do with his performance as a college coach, and absolutely nothing to do with his time with the Celtics.
But that didn't stop Pitino from talking about the Cs for over five minutes. Here are some of the highlights, courtesy Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
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.’
“You may wonder what I learned about the Boston Celtics. I am really, really grateful to them. I learned...