|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM|
We all know the Celtics were underdogs heading into the 2007-08 season despite the big trades, and signings that took place. I thought this was the norm that season from many critics, many believed the Celtics would lose in 2008. I don't think the 2013 team is dealing with the same adversity, but this is to show that you play the games for a reason. You can't always go with what your told.
With that bit of biology in mind, it might be wise for the city of Boston to hold off mapping a route for the 2008 NBA championship parade. True, now that Garnett, 31, and Allen, 32, have joined Pierce, 29, in Beantown, the Celtics--whose 24 wins last season were the second fewest, to the Memphis Grizzlies' 22--have been established by oddsmaker Bodog as 5-to-2 favorites to win the Eastern Conference and 5 to 1 to win it all. Not incidentally, those odds were 40 to 1 and 90 to 1 before the July 30 trade that brought Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Franchise That Auerbach, Russell, Cousy, Bird, et al. Built.
Yet despite the Celtics' rebirth and an accompanying outbreak of civic pride, it is quite likely that next summer the league's latest Big Three will come up ringless, just like other Terrific Troikas of the past (page 70). Predictably, the Great Green Gang of Three has said all the right things about selflessness and commitment: At Garnett's introductory press conference they recalled bonding at a high school tournament in Las Vegas in 1993. After nixing a trade to Boston five weeks earlier--Garnett says that it had nothing to do with the city's reputation for being inhospitable to African-Americans but, rather, with the team's being years away from contention--the 10-time All-Star became open to moving once the Celtics plucked Allen, a seven-time All-Star, from the Seattle SuperSonics in a draft-day deal. Pierce said that the acquisitions make him feel "like a rookie again, like when you first get drafted and you're excited about playing in the league." Allen said it was going to be "a pleasure" and "an honor" to step on the floor with Garnett and Pierce every night.