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Money forced Mercer to Denver
Celtics Notebook/by Steve Bulpett
``We have a budget,'' Pitino said after the Celtics practiced in
Memorial Coliseum on the University of Kentucky campus.
hated word in my life right now is that word budget. I
hear it almost
10 times a day from various people, the CFO and everybody.''
The coach had spoken two days prior about his inability
to keep David
Wesley, citing financial reasons set by the club - not
the league -
and when local writers asked about the trading of former
Mercer, Pitino was speaking in similar tones. While some
Celtics believe strongly there were basketball reasons
trade with Denver, Pitino, while still liking very much
what he received
in the deal, said it was money that mattered.
I'm telling you, guys, this is Spintino-speak. What he is REALLY saying is
"I hate to leave the Celtics. This is the greatest job in all of
sports. But I can't stay with a team that won't spend the money necessary
to bring in a winner. That is why I am taking over the basketball program
at Po-dunk Community College....."