|Posted by Morena on December 15, 2013 at 5:40 AM|
We started the year as underdogs. Nobody expected us to be a good team. It was a common opinion, that the Celtics were ready for a tanking season: they traded they stars during the summer, they replaced the head coach with a young man with good credentials, but no NBA experience at all, and we were probably going to trade our injured All-star point guard, because there was no way in the world he could get along with a new coach and waste one year in a tanking team. Yeah, right.
Now, a month and a half in the regular season, that opinion changed a little bit. I’m glad that that crazy tanking talk is pretty quiet right now. I really had a hard time standing all those fans that every day kept saying that we had to tank to rebuild. Tanking is not something that I can understand right now, maybe in 30 years I’ll be able to see things from a different perspective, but the way I see it today, I can’t accept losing on purpose, hoping to get a good draft pick the following year. That’s not how you solve all the problems. Not to say that in the last years, we made some great steals during the draft: 21st pick, does it reminds you of something? I really like the way Celtics front office handled the situation. This is not a tanking team, and I’m glad everyone is starting to notice it.
When you check on the web now, lots of reports are coming out about how good of a coach Stevens is, and how brilliant he can be in the future. And all those reports come from the same web site that before the season started were out there saying that this young coach was going to have a really hard time in Boston. What they don’t get, I think, is the power of the mind in the game of basketball. It’s true that the game is becoming more and more an athletic game, but behind all those jumps, dunks, and physical power, there still must be a golden mind, or there’s no way you can succeed at this level. And we have two brilliant mind on our team: the first is on the bench, coordinating all from outside, and the second, will be on the court next year, looking at everything from the inside. They underestimated the results of the meeting of two genius.
There is a nice read on Boston Globe today about this matter:
What is great, is that they’re not only maths genius with great basketball mind, but they are competitive guys, with a lot of guts, and not afraid to follow their instinct. That’s why we won last night game against the knick, and also other game in the past: anyone remember?
We can be witnessing something special here.
Let’s not close our eyes and sleep.