Rick Pitino for Being Fired as Celtics Head Coach
Before Rick Pitino became the head coach of the Boston Celtics, he was a successful college head coach, so the expectations of Pitino succeeding at the NBA level were only natural. However, like many other college coaches that have attempted to jump into the NBA, Pitino finished with an abysmal 102-146 record and even traded away future Finals MVP, Chauncey Billups.
However, the current Louisville coach doesn’t see his days as a NBA coach in vain. If anything, he looks back on his dark past as the light that guided him to become the current coach that he is today.
“You know, I traded Chauncey Billups and then he was traded two more times," said Pitino. "And he eventually landed on his feet and became the point guard he knew he could be. Of all the stops I made, Boston probably molded me into the coach I wanted to become. So for me, it wasn’t a negative experience, it was a very positive one, one that made me complete as a coach.”
Pitino will now be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame, proving the point that if you can learn from your past failures, you will only become wiser and better for it.