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Home / Articles / Is it time to start rebuilding the Celtics?

Is it time to start rebuilding the Celtics?

By: Mike Anthony     Date: Mar 19, 2012
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The Boston Celtics, as we all have known and seen over the years have one of the proudest franchises in NBA history. Historically, they have the most NBA titles with 17, with a stretch run of 8 consecutive titles between the years of 1958 and 1965. Led by Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Sam Jones, they epitomized NBA basketball history.

That was 40+ years ago, and much has changed over that period. Then of course, came along the country bumpkin, Larry bird, from Indiana State, who is probably one of the most important players to ever play for Boston, incredibly brought a dead franchise back to become a powerhouse team of the 80’s, winning 3 more NBA titles, after a depleted franchise was crumbling.

After he retired they went through a series of difficulties they had to endure, getting out of the 1st round only once since Larry Legend retired in 1992, sad for a team that was used to was thriving with championship talk. It was bad times for Celtics fans all over, never a top tier team, and certainly not a serious contender.

Then came along Paul Pierce, for the early years with his 2nd scorer being Antoine Walker, Tony Delk and Ricky Davis, none of whom really panned out to be better than a 3rd option. They struggled with offensive and defensive inconsistencies.

Then came some big moves in the 2008 season where they immediately changed the thought process and the culture of the Celtics from lowly scrappers to big guns ready to go at a moments notice, when they added aging veterans, Kevin Garnett (career 19 pt scorer, 11 rebounder, and defensive menace, as well as awesome leadership qualities), he single handily turned them into a defensive minded team and that that cutthroat leader on the court. Then came the shooter Ray Allen (career 20 PPG, a raining 3 pt specialist at a career 40% from deep, he stretched the defense to outer limits)

They looked fantastic, but we all knew it was a short term solution, they were hired guns and did as asked, win a title in Beantown. They went 66-16, 1st in the NBA, and beat the Lakers in 6 games, fitting for so many reasons.

But now, currently, the “big 3” aren’t really frightening teams anymore. Pierce is 34 years old and slow, Garnett is 35 and is struggling on the defensive end, and Allen is 36 and can’t get shots.

Time is running out quickly, something needs to change. Rajon Rondo is the young fresh face on the team, 15 pts, 5 rebs, 10 asts/night and plays great defense on opposing guards.

Its time for Paul Pierce, the original leader of the team to become a supporting cast member, can he handle that? They need to break it up and start over, or finish 8th in the Eastern conference and be a 1 and done embarrassment against the Heat in the playoffs, if they even make it. Not a very comfortable position to be in by any means.

They men in green are just getting old, time for the rebuilding process, while some of these players still could hold some value to other teams. And even if a team wants to rent one of these guys for a playoff push, the C’s aren’t going to get a bunch for any of them, so take what you can, maybe build some cash and work with the young talent on the team and see what can be done. Garnett is a 6-11 jump shooter, with no post up game to be too scared of, Pierce is slow getting up the court with Rondo, and erratic Allen has been struggling getting open looks at the bucket.

In a shortened season, old legs are getting weary and it shows. Maybe shuffle some of the younger guys into the starting lineup? Maybe Mickael Pietrus, or Brandon Bass who has proven to be able to play well, with more time he could be good for 17 pts, 9 rbs/night.

They need rebounding, where they are currently last in the league which is awful, they need a big body in there to get boards and send it out to Rondo, who we know can wheel up the court, but he needs someone to get up the court with him, these guys cant do it. Except maybe Chris Wilcox, who has also played well in his time. It just seems that no one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings and tell them, they are becoming liabilities on the court.

Its time. Free agency guys I would look at if I were Boston would be Roy Hibbert, JaVale McGee, and Brooke Lopez (he’s a bit soft but he can score the ball and moves up and down the court), and maybe Gerald Wallace as a scoring option at the SF spot, I also am a huge fan of Ryan Anderson. Needs to be done, just like pulling a band aid off, get it done if you want to resume some sort of winning in Boston.

Written by Mike Anthony of VegasTopDogs.com

  Mike Anthony

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