May 7, 1997
ascension has at least one of his new players rethinking statements of
the past. Suddenly, being a Boston Celtic doesn't sound so bad to Dee
"I can't wait," an enthused Brown
said yesterday from his Florida home. "Hopefully, I'll be there. I know
he'll want his people, but the kind of game he coaches is the kind I
like to play. So that's exciting to me.
a fresh start for a lot of people, including me. The situation has
changed for me, and it's time for everyone, me included, to put up or
shut up. We got ourselves into this position for a reason, to get the
picks and to get him. If I'm part of the turnaround, I'll be happy."
has three years left on his contract and has been hoping for the last
year and a half to be traded. One deal the Celtics are known to have
rejected was a swap with Sacramento for Bobby Hurley.
going to be a lot of changes," Brown said. "But I think this was money
well spent to get someone with his reputation. His track record speaks
for itself. The best thing you can do is get someone who is respected by
his peers. That's what we need."
One of Pitino's
peers is his former assistant coach and New York Knicks successor, Stu
Jackson, now the president and general manager of the Vancouver
"The Celtics could not have made a better, more logical, or surer choice," said Jackson.
Jackson worked under Pitino
both in New York and at Providence College. Having just completed a
lengthy season serving as coach and general manager/president, Jackson,
who will not coach next season, had some words of advice for his former
"Having done both jobs, I think he needs someone in the front office," Jackson said. "It's hard enough doing one right."