By Rick Pitino and Eric Crawford
St. Martin’s Press
“Because I left [the University of Kentucky] when I did, after being on top for some great years, I had a good ending. Most Kentucky coaches have not. Adolph Rupp didn’t; he was in a fierce battle to keep coaching. Joe B. Hall retired under fire despite winning a national title and reaching three Final Fours. Eddie Sutton left in turmoil. Tubby Smith never got his just credit for the outstanding job he did. His major problem was winning the championship too soon. So for me, leaving Kentucky personally wasn’t a bad thing. I recognized I was falling into a trap with all that adulation; but I didn’t really understand completely the consequences until I failed with the Celtics. If I hadn’t left, I might not have learned that important lesson of humility."