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O'Brien couldn't defend Ainge's actions

Updated: January 31, 2004, 9:27 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

Jim O'Brien had turned around the fortunes of the Boston Celtics with an unwavering commitment to defense.

That all changed on Dec. 15 -- a date that, in the O'Brien household, will live in infamy.

That's the day that Danny Ainge, against O'Brien's expressed wishes, traded Eric Williams, Tony Battie and Kedrick Brown to the Cavaliers for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm and Michael Stewart.

The Celtics suddenly went from a team that O'Brien wanted to coach, and one that had started to ...

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