Peter May of the Globe: [A]s history has shown, the indisputable difference-maker in 1997 was
Duncan. The Celtics had, by far, the best statistical odds to get him.
They didn't come close. [emph. added]Steve Bulpett of the Herald: The only story in Secaucus that day was green horror. "I couldn't believe what had happened," [Celtics VP Jeff] Twiss said. "...[Y]ou're just sitting there and, oh, my lord...We had far and away the best odds. And then not to get it, it was the most empty feeling." [emph. added]Sean Deveney of Sporting News: Thee Celtics had two picks in the 1997 NBA lottery and a 36.3 percent shot at the No. 1 pick. With Wake Forest's Tim Duncan
having just wrapped up his senior season, the future looked bright — so
bright that Rick Pitino was lured away from the University of Kentucky
with a 10-year contract to coach the team and direct its personnel.