Just last year, the Boston Celtics were talking about a championship. The Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were joined by almost-full-fledged star Rajon Rondo, and the quartet was ready to make one last run.
And then things went horribly wrong. The storied franchise made mistake after mistake, not quite blowing up the roster, but definitely not keeping it together.
This time last year, the Celtics looked like they had it in them. The hunger was there, and the excitement was mounting.
This season? The team is 4-5 and the lockout-shortened season is already taking its toll. Boston has not played like an elite team. Instead, they have looked old and a step slow.
So how did we get here in less than a year? And more importantly, what can be done to fix the situation?
Here are some practical and some not-so-practical moves that the Celtics front office should really consider.