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May 18, 1997

May 18, 1997: No Time Duncan for Celtics The only reward for being the worst team in an NBA season comes in having the top pick in the ensuing draft. As was the case with the Celtics of that era, things didn't quiet work out. Instead of picking first – and no doubt selecting Tim Duncan – the draft lottery ping-pong balls the Celtics would pick third. They also owned the No. 6 pick, via a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The No. 3 pick turned out to be Chauncey Billups; No. 6 was Ron Mercer. The ...

Rick Pitino’s reign of error needs smothering

Rick Pitino’s reign of error needs smothering Reminders of Rick Pitino’s reign of error needs smothering before any Celtics fan wanders within its smelling distance. That moth-eaten nightmare popped into one man’s mind as speculation over Brad Stevens’ grand plan includes an element that helped sink Little Ricky before sales of his spaghetti sauce had a chance to take flight in New England. Pitino left his gig at Kentucky to take over the Celtics’ basketball operations. As he pointed out 20 years later, he came in counting on the woeful Celtics landing Tim Duncan in the NBA ...

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