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O'Brien's frustration leads to resignation

Updated: January 28, 2004, 3:03 PM ET
By Dr. Jack Ramsay | Special to ESPN.com

Jim O'Brien just couldn't take it anymore.

He had watched powerlessly as the personnel of the Boston Celtics team that he had taken to the Eastern Conference finals just two years ago was reduced to two members (Paul Pierce and Walter McCarty) and last year's squad -- a surprise playoff winner over Indiana -- was broken up by trades that he opposed. O'Brien did the honorable thing and resigned, forfeiting the last two years of a lucrative, guaranteed contract.

O'Brien found himself ...

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