Absolutely, his drafting was horrible and he didn't quite keep the gems he drafted.
Man, Pitino really set this team back a long way. What a disaster he and ML Carr were
We had Pitino at the helm so we were never going to pick him . And talk about downplaying a franchise "only" signing LeBron and Shaq in free agency lol.
Didn't Kobe workout for us too?
Lakers just had 6 straight losing seasons. Besides Lebron and Shaq, what top free agents have they signed?
Personally, I want to see another Celtics vs. Lakers finals. 10 years is long enough without one.
Last thing on Earth I want is Lakers-Celtics. Especially where Lakers seem to have the advantage. It will take a miracle, but Denver over LA feels like last ditch hope for LAL not to catch the C’s in overall championships. I hate/resent the way LAL can always rebuild to championship level based on nothing other than being LAL. Of all the teams who’ve tanked or perennially attempt to build a contender, the Lakers always get their quicker offer despite mediocre (or worse) management. Had LBJ decided to join the Wizards and had Davis decided to manipulate his way to Washington, we’d be looking at a championship run for them. Nothing to do with skill or management just having to do with being the Lakers.
FYI: I feel similarly with regard to Yankees and Red Sox who gets to buy their teams. But even more so in the salary capped NBA where a couple of top 5 guys can win a championship surrounded by role contributors. LAL gets a crazy advantage and kudos to them, and all they need to do is wait for it... everyone else has to work for it.
Remember Kawhi was supposed to end up there with Lebron and AD and form a Big3. Instead Kawhi forced his way to the Clips while forcing them to trade for PG13. There was no great management or skill on the Clips' part to make that happen. LBJ, Wade and Bosh formed their big 3. There was no great skill or management on the Heat's part. Even for our big 3, it was KG who turned down the initial trade and forced Danny to acquire another star first before accepting the trade. Imagine if KG hadn't done that. Of course, the Spurs tanked to get Duncan which gave them their great run. No skill in that.
Edit: I could add KD going to the Warriors and KD and Kyrie joining up to go to the Nets. No great skill on the Warriors or Nets part.
2 quick examples : Kobe as a 17 year old works out for no one other than LAL. AD makes it clear he won’t resign with NO and opens the door for resigning in LA. Who else would trade their roster for one year rental? So if you just say LBJ, Shaq, AD and Kobe you have 3 top 10 all time players and one who might be top 40. Yes that’s enough by itself.
It was Carr who worked out Kobe. Pitino didn't join the the organization until '97.
For all his warts, Pitino had nothing to do with Kobe.
My bad, thought I read that he loved Antoine Walker somewhere in an article talking about his Celtics tenure and assumed that he was there since '96. TP
Rockets PG: Westbrook, Rivers, Clemons SG: Harden, Gordon, McLemore
SF: House, Carroll, Caboclo PF: Covington, Green, Williams
C: Tucker, Hartenstein, Bender
Warriors PG: Curry, Jackson, Bowman SG: Thompson, Lee, Poole
SF: Wiggins, Okoro, Anderson PF: Green, Paschall, MKG
C: Looney, Chriss, Smiley