Jan. 29, 2004

The traveling soap opera based on Causeway St. – also known as the Boston Celtics – was still working to get past its most recent administrative crisis.

A few weeks earlier, Jim O’Brien resigned as head coach, a post he assumed when Rick Pitino stomped out of town. Pitino fled the scene once it became obvious his methods of resuscitating Celtics Pride were futile.

O’Brien took over in 2001 and had a modicum of success. Twice the Celtics made the playoffs, but when Danny Ainge took over as general manager O’Brien found the two at odds in their approach. He resigned on Jan. 8 and John Carroll, one of his assistants, took over.

O’Brien made a cameo appearance to explain his philosophical differences with Ainge and that he had no ill will with the Celtics’ GM. Carroll said he was appreciative for a chance to be a head coach in the NBA, even though the Celts’ were in the process of losing 12 of his first 13 games.

When the season ended Ainge hired Doc Rivers as the Celtics head coach.