From the NY Times, 11/3/05 Howard Beck: Two recent operations and an extended hospital stay have not mellowed Red Auerbach's outlook. Auerbach, the Boston Celtics' president, who recently turned 88, was typically feisty in a brief meeting with reporters Wednesday night. He called Larry Brown "probably the best coach in the N.B.A.," but he was unimpressed by Brown's decision to coach the rebuilding Knicks and by Phil Jackson's return to the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers. "You could take any knowledgeable coach and put them in those positions and they can't do any worse," Auerbach said. Of Jackson, who is tied with Auerbach for the most championships (nine), Auerbach said, "Phil is obviously a good coach." But, he added: "He's been very fortunate. He picks his spots. That's all I can say. Larry Brown don't pick his spots. He's a great coach." Auerbach also predicted that the San Antonio Spurs would fail to defend their title. "I know they're not going to win," he said. --- Interesting. You have to give some weight to Auerbach's words, don't you? I wonder why he thinks SanAn won't repeat, and I wonder who he thinks will?