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O'Brien steps down as Celtics coach

Updated: January 28, 2004, 3:03 PM ET
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Danny Ainge's reshaping of the Boston Celtics clashed with Jim O'Brien's view of the team. So, O'Brien became part of that makeover.

O'Brien stepped down Tuesday with his team in a 2-5 slump with players Ainge brought in since taking over last May 9 as executive director of basketball operations.

Ainge wants a younger team with more offense that can become a consistent contender even if it means taking a step or two back now. O'Brien relied on veterans and defense ...

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