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Basketball Hall Of Fame Candidates 2012: Rick Pitino Headlines Group Of 12

Rick Pitino might one day walk through that door -- that one to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame -- but if you expect him to walk through that door, it won't be due to his tenure with the Boston Celtics.

Pitino was named one of 12 finalists for the 2012 Hall of Fame induction class on Friday, the first time the University of Louisville coach has been named to the ballot. He is one of three nominees with Celtics ties (the others being Don Nelson and Bill Fitch) but it's likely that Pitino and Celtics fans everywhere would like to forget that he ever coached in Beantown.

During three and a half seasons with Boston, Pitino posted a 102-146 record, a record that resulted in the coach being fired resigning 34 games into the 2000-01 season.

He has been much better as a collegiate coach, but his lasting image in Boston follows below: