The Boston Celtics continue to be the architects of the NBA landscape. While most don’t view the current Celtics as a dynasty be aware that they are the most important franchise of the modern era. They have left their fingerprints all over the NBA since they were assembled in the summer of 2007 and have influenced the trajectory of the NBA’s future.
Birth of a Legend
The NBA was a terrible place before the start of the 2007 NBA season. The NBA was stuck in the ‘Dead Ball’ era. The Spurs had just swept the Cavs, ratings were in the gutter, the Lakers and Celtics were in the lottery and golf was considered a more appealing sport. Superstars were scattered all over the map as if they were stars scattered in the heavens above. No pattern, no cohesiveness, awe-inspiring sites to behold. Three superstars were dwindling in their own private hells, suffering the pains of mediocrity. Two bold moves by the Boston Celtics changed the course of history in the NBA and transformed these three superstars into Hall of Famers.
Flap Your Wings
We knew Boston’s changes would immediately put them into the upper echelons of the league. What we didn’t foresee is the Celtics triggering a butterfly effect beyond imagination that would continue to influence the NBA three years later.
It forced the hand of the Lakers and the dealt away their rubbish in exchange for an all-world player named Pau Gasol. The Oklahoma City Thunder would blossom two seasons later thanks to the draft picks Boston sent their way in exchange for Ray Allen. Minnesota learned a new stars name as they wished farewell to Kevin Garnett. This moved has cost that city three coaches and a general manager since.
As Ubuntu cleaned house around the NBA, teams, owners, GMs, and players began to take notice. Three superstars in an industry built on individual talents where egos outweigh oversized paycheck had cast all of that to the side and made the ultimate sacrifice for that one sacred goal; An NBA Championship.
Even rivals got richer thanks to the Celtics. Pau’s move to LA sent Kobe rocketing out of Shaq shadow and eventually awarded him his fourth ring and Los Angeles its 15th title. No one can predict the future but it is safe to assume that the creation of The Big Three put the pressure on the rest of the NBA.
The Magic, Spurs, and Cavs also made moves to counter the Celtics. Superstars began want to win no matter the cost. We saw a massive migration that sent Vince Carter to the Magic, Richard Jefferson to the Spurs, Shaq to the Cavs, and Artest to the Lakers. Superstars were now more interested in winning a title than anyone not named Kobe or Duncan had been for the entire decade before.
Passing the Torch
Through all the changes the Celtics have forced upon the one thing that has surprised me the most has been the internal transformations. Rondo has become the new hope for the Boston faithful. Just three years ago everyone questioned if the Celtics could win with Rondo or would he unravel as the weakest link. Just six months he was on the shopping block. And now, we marvel in his progress.
A Final Run?
With a revamped bench and the return of KG this year’s Celtics began on a tremendous tear through the NBA. A 23 and 5 start sent out shockwaves and whispers of 72 wins quickly turned into roars. Were they back? Was this a dynasty ready to take its place in history? How many games would they win? The answer: 50. These Celtics hit the roughest of rough and we all questions their legitimacy. Some even picked them to lose in the opening round.
The Celtics weren’t ready to put down their pen. With the trumping of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in round two, the Celtics have once again changed the course of NBA history. Mike Brown has lost his job. Danny Ferry might be next on the chopping block. Dan Gilbert might lose hundreds of millions in equity if LeBron walks. And, well, LeBron may just walk; forever changing the NBA. The Celtics are responsible for this just as they were responsible for the creation of these very Cavs. Even if the Celtics go on to get swept by the incredible hot Orlando Magic, this one act alone is important enough to propel this team into the history books.
While I don’t know what the outcome of the next two rounds will be I do know that these Celtics have changed the course of the NBA. My only hope is that the Celtics keep the ink flowing and continue to rewrite history.
30 more minutes to go and I’m already excited. These two teams really don’t like each other. What makes it better is that both teams not only think they are better than the other, both teams know they will win the series.
Lebron is getting ready to put the claps on Rondo: “I don’t have a problem taking Rondo or guarding Rondo throughout the course of the game.”
Rondo doesn’t care for the MVP’s defensive adjustment: “I don’t really care who guards me…If we get easy looks in transition, it doesn’t matter who’s guards me.”
KG probably thinks “F*** ****** ***** and *****. Anything is POOOSSIIBBBLLEEE!”
I’m expecting a big game from Paul Pierce and a huge game from LeBron James. I don’t see Less Williams as being any kind of factor, again. I still believe that no team with Mo as the second option will win a title. Celtics win tonight and they take the series in 6.
Who do you have winning tonight? The series? and why?