O'Brien earns respect, and more wins

The Celtics seemed rejuvenated when the Rick Pitino era ended, thanks to underrated Jim O'Brien.

Updated: September 4, 2001, 2:22 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

For the first time in four years, the spotlight on the Boston Celtics is shining on the personnel instead of the head coach. That, of course, is how it should be in the NBA. That, of course, is just fine with Jim O'Brien.

The 14th head coach in the storied history of the Celtics couldn't be any more different than his predecessor, Rick Pitino. Watching O'Brien for a short period of time makes you indeed wonder how the two could have sat together, side by side, for so many years, evidence ...

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