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Re: Billups - Pitino Trade Barbs
At 07:40 AM 10/7/99 -0400, Ray wrote quoting the Globe
> [deleted stuff]
> Chauncey Billups had this to say ... on the
> deal that sent Ron Mercer to the Nuggets:
> ''...Pitino is a cold
> individual, man. There really is not that
> much loyalty in that Boston organization...''
I've never been really sure why player's always get to use the "it's a
business" line for essentially the same fiscal actions that cause
management to be considered cold, disloyal, stupid, and even incompetent
(see not only Mercer, Ron but Vaughn, Mo).
I also found a couple of Pitino quotes amusing:
> ''Trading Ron was a business decision. He
> told us if we did not re-sign him [before
> the season], he was not coming back. And
> we were very far apart. Trading Chauncey
> was a basketball decision. He couldn't
> play the point. .."
>If trading him back home,
> where he's making 2-3 million dollars a
> year - if that's cold, well, I wish people
> treated me coldly like that.''
Pitino traded Chauncy back home? Funny, I don't remember reading
that. If Rick really sent Billups to Denver, he is much more far-sighted
and manipulative than I ever thought.