What are the chances that Rick Pitino still will be coaching the Boston Celtics after the All-Star break?
Kenny Anderson figures it's about 85 percent.
"I think he has a much better chance of not being back next year, but I don't think he'll quit. I think he'll do the whole season," Anderson said.
Pitino plans to meet with Celtics owner Paul Gaston in mid-January to discuss his future with the franchise. This is Pitino's fourth season as head coach and president of the team, and the speculation in Boston concerning whether and when Pitino will leave has been rampant.
Pitino himself said earlier this season that he will resign if the team does not show improvement.
"I talk to them about it all the time," he said Thursday night. "I say 'Look, this is the NBA, we're all pros. Let's all enjoy each other and hopefully I'll be your coach for a long time. But let's not be concerned about that. Let's go out and try to win every basketball game, and that's it."
After a four-game losing streak, the Celtics won their second in a row Thursday night by defeating the New York Knicks on the road. Entering the weekend with a record of 11-15, the Celtics were tied with Detroit for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Anderson, who missed a month with a broken jaw, is one of seven point guards to play for the Celtics this season. Their latest starter is Milt Palacio, who spent last season as the backup point guard in Vancouver.
Anderson has been through his share of ups and downs with Pitino during his three-plus seasons with the Celtics and thinks he has a pretty good read on the coach's mindset.
"Based on what he's been going through this year and his statements, that's what I'm going on," Anderson said.
And while he thinks there's an 85-percent chance Pitino will still be with Boston in mid-February, the number dropped to "30 percent" when Anderson was asked if Pitino will still be around for the 2001-02 season.
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