BOSTON - Jim O'Brien didn't once doubt where his former team would end up.
"The Celtics are made, their tradition [and] their mindset under the new owners was, you know, to compete for championships," said O'Brien, the head coach of the Boston Celtics from 2000 through 2004. "You try to put together a tradition and bring people together to give you your best chance of contending."
At the same time, O'Brien knew that he was not the right man to oversee the project, and that's why he willfully stepped down from his post after 46 games in 2004. Eight years later, O'Brien still believes it was the best decision.