Rick Pitino, awful Celtics coach, was outdone by Rick Pitino, awful Celtics president | The Worst

  • Published on Nov 8, 2018
  • Before the 1997-98 NBA season, eight NBA teams made a change at head coach. One of those teams was the Boston Celtics, who hired Rick Pitino away from the University of Kentucky to be coach and president. The decision to put that much power in the hands of someone who was fickle with his roster, collegiate in his approach, and interested in being the center of the show, proved to be a total disaster.
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Comments • 770

  • Mike McGrath
    Mike McGrath 14 days ago

    U can't judge NBA coaches very well. NBA players r notorious for mutinying on coaches all the time, especially recent college coaches who actually coach team ball movement ball. These guys don't want that, they want get mine ball. Everyone of these guys knows the game inside and out.

  • Snowme
    Snowme 14 days ago

    Pitino couldn’t win because every team in the NBA pays players

  • Jon William
    Jon William 14 days ago

    STOP WITH THE WOBBLY EDIT ON EVERY CUT!!! getting a headache watching this video. AMATEURS!!!

    • Jacob Franklin
      Jacob Franklin 14 days ago

      Jon William I didn’t even notice now I can’t not see it.... thanks

  • Matt DeLuccia
    Matt DeLuccia 16 days ago

    I would’ve been cool if they had signed Larry Legend instead of Pitino, but I doubt the team would’ve been bad enough to draft Pierce. I guess it all worked out 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Lightning Strikes
    Lightning Strikes 19 days ago

    I’m from Massachusetts and the way he said it 😂

  • CanoJR
    CanoJR 20 days ago

    Worst GM of all time Rob Babcock for the Raptors.

  • Davinio
    Davinio 22 days ago

    2 former college coaches turned NBA coaches passed on drafting two high school players who turned out to be hall of famers. Kobe should've been a Net and McGrady should've been a Celtics

  • Davinio
    Davinio 22 days ago

    Rick Pitino is the reason Roy Williams, Coach K, Boehim, Calhoun and Izzo never left the NCAA

    MESSAGE ANONYMOUS 25 days ago +1

    Thats why Larry Bird was their last MVP and Paul "i'm better than Dwyane Wade" Pierce wa their last FMVP. The Celtics have always content but not in the championship conversation for quite long time, 2 spans to be precise from 2010 to 2019 and 1986 to 2007 thats nearly 3 decades of hunger, desperate for Championship. Hope they didnt end up from being one the best team in the league history to a mediocre contender.

  • Solo Business
    Solo Business 26 days ago

    It’s all good he’s one of the best college coaches

    MICHAEL SMITH Month ago

    Great college coach though

  • Kayleigh Lehrman
    Kayleigh Lehrman Month ago

    I lovw Boswtone Massukhoosets

  • Greg Homan
    Greg Homan Month ago

    *Baustån, Mässaxúsetts*

  • Joseph Matthews
    Joseph Matthews Month ago

    I absolutely hate when coaches say that BS. It's a surefire redflag that the coach would slit his own players throat if it meant a little extra shine for him. "I look at them like my children and I love them!"
    BS you can't cut your kids, you can't push them until they are about to die, you can't trade your kid for other kids and you can't sign them to million dollar contracts to make them put up with your BS. Anyone at the college level or higher is a lying sack of crap if they say that. I respect honest coaches far more who say, "It's a business and I have to do what's best for our organization but I also care about our guys and try to do what's best for both but sometimes that's not possible."
    Calling them kids just means you don't respect them as adults with their own agency and ambition and intend to steamroll them at every opportunity while pretending it's for their 'own good.'

  • stampscapes
    stampscapes Month ago

    Great video!

  • kjmac1973
    kjmac1973 Month ago

    Ugh. Don't remind me of this era.

  • Michael Chiu-Schaepe
    Michael Chiu-Schaepe Month ago +1

    Billups and T-Mac on the same team would have been filthy

    • Filipo Sooa
      Filipo Sooa Month ago

      They were on the same team......on the Toronto Raptors that is. Billups was only in Toronto for the second half of 97-98, whereas T-Mac was there for his first three NBA seasons. After 97-98, when the lockout was lifted, Billups went to the Denver Nuggets.

  • Lord Venger
    Lord Venger Month ago

    Lol the goat of insurance salesman and car salesman everywhere

  • Why Bee McNoMistake

    Here's a fun Drinking Game: Every time you hear "Mediocre" take a shot....

  • Taco Badger
    Taco Badger Month ago

    The could have had Chauncey, Tmac, and Pierce all on the same team ugh.

  • Waveland44
    Waveland44 Month ago

    As a UK fan born in Lexington. Pitino can suck my c**k

  • Ben G. Ramirez
    Ben G. Ramirez Month ago +1

    what a comedy hire lol

  • Chris Ramos
    Chris Ramos Month ago +1

    This guy coached my country's national basketball team, let's just say he sucked...😅

  • Malcolm Connors
    Malcolm Connors Month ago +2

    0:28 its Bosesound Mastatwosets to you good sir

  • Mark 2909
    Mark 2909 2 months ago +3

    He looks so suspicious. Like some weasel. I wouldn’t trust him to keep an eye on my pencil let alone best franchise in sports

  • Solo Business
    Solo Business 2 months ago

    This video is retarded

  • 74kjohnson
    74kjohnson 2 months ago

    Celtics ownership lowered the banners during Pitino's introduction at the Garden. Red Auerbach's response to this "We don't lower banners here. We raise them."

  • Jami Abell
    Jami Abell 2 months ago

    I bought Rick's house in Lexington Ky.

  • Aaron Schafer
    Aaron Schafer 2 months ago +1

    Why is the bassist from Nirvana in that Laker team photo?

  • Don't Ask
    Don't Ask 2 months ago

    Pitino was awful

  • Jo Palm
    Jo Palm 2 months ago

    Isiah Thomas hired himself as a coach, I think that went worse...

  • Genesis Kellerman
    Genesis Kellerman 2 months ago


  • Andreas Foerster
    Andreas Foerster 2 months ago +2

    This makes me so sad because I actually love Rick Pitino and Louisville, but you know, they're not wrong lol: he was terrible in the NBA

  • Latrell Pryor
    Latrell Pryor 2 months ago +7

    They legit could’ve had Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Tracey McGrady on the same team🤦🏾‍♂️

    • P C
      P C 26 days ago

      @de132 Al Jefferson was the center piece to the Garnett trade. They got him because doc rivers was a terrible coach. Doc in that position without the defensive anchor of Garnett still would have been in the lottery, including 18 straight losses. There is a chance of it happening, as long as this took place in the first 7 years of mcgrady pierce and allen's contract (7 years would still be rookie extension). Look at tyre golden state warriors. Those were drafted rookie contact deals to get all those stars together.

    • de132
      de132 27 days ago

      @P C The Allen deal would've never happened with Boston if the Celtics had McGrady, Billups and Pierce. And it's hard to imagine Boston getting Kevin Garnett too since they wouldn't have the same trade pieces in that deal.

    • P C
      P C Month ago

      Billups, Ray Allen, McGrady, Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett.

  • John Harrington
    John Harrington 2 months ago

    And the sad thing is, it was still bad after Pitino resigned. Chris Wallace was still the GM of the Celtics until 2003 and managed to:

    Use the pick they acquired from Denver in a previous trade to select Jerome Moiso (That pick could have been held onto all the way until 2003. Yes, that same pick that Denver would go on to use on Carmelo Anthony. Oops)
    Simultaneously draft Joe Johnson and miss out on Tony Parker (For Joe Forte and Kedrick Brown)
    Trade away Joe Johnson in the middle of his rookie season for Tony Delk and half a season of Rodney Rogers
    Trade Potapenko, Anderson and other pieces for a clearly washed up Vin Baker

    Imagine being Danny Ainge and inheriting that mess of a roster from the 02-03 season that was coming off a spanking by the Nets after reaching the conference finals the previous season. No cap space, no high draft picks, and only Paul Pierce as a valuable trade chip.

  • Midnight Owl
    Midnight Owl 2 months ago

    192 people think Larry Bird is walking through that door...

  • MadSnake123
    MadSnake123 2 months ago

    So ... Are you telling me that we could had have a potential team with Billups, T-Mac, Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce under Larry Bird coaching ??? ... Damn !!!

  • musyarofah1
    musyarofah1 2 months ago

    Soccer's worst coaching hire:
    -Juande Ramos to Tottenham
    -Roy Hodgson to Liverpool
    -Luigi Del Neri to Juventus
    -Carlos Queiroz to Real Madrid

  • Stlye Love
    Stlye Love 2 months ago


  • Hugh Cipher
    Hugh Cipher 2 months ago

    Wow what complete fuckery 😂🤣😂 i had no idea Patino sucked so hard in Boston

  • ivaneurope
    ivaneurope 2 months ago +2

    Fun trivia fact: Rick Pitino's last team he coached was Panathinaikos Basketball Club. It wears green and white as well as having cloverleaf as one of its signature symbols, the same as one of Pitino's former teams - the Boston Celtics. His biggest contribution in Athens - winning the Greek League and Cup as well as 6th in the EuroLeague .

  • garrison 68
    garrison 68 2 months ago

    I agree with this judgment, he was just terrible. To let go of Billups and pass up McGrady?

  • Joe Malcolm
    Joe Malcolm 2 months ago

    Jon Gruden would be proud of the video game style tradings.

  • Lester Sonza
    Lester Sonza 2 months ago

    can u make the worst nba trade.

  • JaronZ
    JaronZ 3 months ago +1

    Billups would have been a massive help to that ECF Celtics squad.

  • guyrb
    guyrb 3 months ago +2

    Hey Elgin Baylor was screwed by the pestilence that was Donald Sterling

  • soaky1
    soaky1 3 months ago +1

    "Cyber-tione," Walter McCardy, Ron Mercer... Kentucky contributed to the Celtics in the late 90s-early 2000s

    • Gerald Wicker
      Gerald Wicker Month ago

      Frank Ramsey was the 6th man in the early days of them winning World Championships and he played at Kentucky. So Karma may turn at times.

  • Frederick Sweeney
    Frederick Sweeney 3 months ago

    I thin Pitino's stint with the celtics is a lesson to keep the coaches coaching, and the executives executing. It takes a very rare talent to do both.

  • Daniel Wolff
    Daniel Wolff 3 months ago +1

    @SB Nation. Do "The worst NBA Contract ever."

    • Daniel Wolff
      Daniel Wolff 3 months ago

      @Love Supreme Gilbert Arenas

    • Love Supreme
      Love Supreme 3 months ago

      Wow. So many... Eddie Robinson, Fred Hoiberg, Luc Longley, Jason Caffey, Greg Oden, JR Rider

  • Breadmancer
    Breadmancer 3 months ago

    Hey, Tony Battie was the guy who made sure Paul Pierce got prompt medical attention the night he got stabbed 11 times. Now maybe if Battie isn't there, maybe they go to a club down the street and nothing happens, but as it stands he was instrumental to the Celtics' 17th championship!

  • Cecil Hatchett
    Cecil Hatchett 3 months ago

    So Celtics had Chauncey and Tmac could you imagine

  • Grim
    Grim 3 months ago

    Why not give credit to the owner that hired Pitino?

  • Brocolli Macarole
    Brocolli Macarole 3 months ago

    I will kill Rick Pitino when I get the chance

  • Jason Salib
    Jason Salib 3 months ago

    Has a Lakers fan. SB Nation is not far behind making a similar video of the Lakers circus that's been going on for years.

  • TheBadSalesman
    TheBadSalesman 3 months ago

    This guy is in Greece now, coaching Athens' Panathinaikos. Kinda sad, but he supposedly got a lot of money to leave the States

  • George Law
    George Law 3 months ago

    Wow, I remember reading stories about this when all this turmoil was going on. I had no idea it was this bad.

  • Gorgeous Randy Flamethrower

    Sounds like Tyronn Lue

  • Adrian Arshad
    Adrian Arshad 3 months ago +3

    Can you imagine a Celtics team with McGrady, Pierce and Billups with the addition of someone like Pau Gasol later? Crazy.

    • Michael Alan Kearns
      Michael Alan Kearns 3 months ago

      Adrian Arshad Luckily, that didn’t happen and my Pistons benefited, immensely, from Pitino’s ineptitude.

  • Bringing_It_@ll_Back_Gnome

    as a Celtics fan that is disgusting that they turned down Larry bird for this fool, they deserved what they got for that one

  • FFC Fortnite
    FFC Fortnite 3 months ago

    Never say Boston like that again please