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For better or worse, O'Brien faced change

Updated: January 30, 2004, 5:36 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

Jim O'Brien got nitpicked to death.

O'Brien's desire to coach the Boston Celtics was chipped away, piece by piece, trade by trade, question by incessant question. He never was given the opportunity to stick with the same 12 players for more than a few months during his entire three-year stay in Boston; every six months, somebody traded half his team away. Finally, O'Brien had enough.

He actually went to Danny Ainge on Tuesday, I'm told, and said he wanted to resign at the end of the ...

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