October 9, 1997
Dee Brown and Walker were named
cocaptains by Pitino. This represents quite a comeback for Brown, who
was stripped of his captaincy after asking out of town in January 1996.
The veteran guard conceded that he wasn't sure what it took to be
captain when he first got the job .
Brown on Larry Bird's comment
that Brown isn't a hard worker and isn't worth his salary: "It doesn't
bother me. Not one bit. The only person I answer to right now is Rick
Pitino. I still think Larry is the best player I've ever played with. I
still think Larry is a great guy. That's the personal opinion towards me
and that's OK. That's just going to make me work a little harder and
get after it more." He said there will be no vendettas when he plays
against Bird's Pacers. "I don't think it's a good idea to get into a war
with words with Larry," added Brown. "He's an icon in Boston."
Pervis Ellison didn't practice. He had a bronchial infection and high
fever . . . Pitino said the team is in the market for another big man.
He would like to make a trade but the players he would try to move don't
have the necessary value. Most likely, a forward or center will be
picked up off waivers . . . Biggest surprise of camp so far? Bruce
Bowen, the 6-7 free agent forward who was signed away from the Heat.
"He's been terrific," Pitino said. "We got ourselves a great steal
there." Bowen not only has played small forward, he also has excelled at
both guard spots. "We've got a three-position player," Pitino marveled.
The Celtics leave Newport this afternoon and play the Atlanta Hawks
tomorrow and Saturday. They know they've just begun to hear and see
glimpses of what Pitino will offer.
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