That was a given. Even though LeBron James was not able to ever break away from those demons in Beantown and the Miami Heat had been criticized for not being in sync enough to contribute equally to the cause at hand, they were better than the Celtics last year.
The accumulation of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is a trio that would still be taken well over the Big Three compiled in Boston. Age plays an intriguing factor in what Boston has not been able to do as much as the underlying commitment issues from Danny Ainge and the Celtics front office.
Their decisions have been questionable, and one that sits at the forefront of Boston’s confusion is incontrovertibly the trade of Kendrick Perkins to the OKC Thunder for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green.
Doc Rivers and countless Boston players and fans were emotional at the whim of Perkins’ exit. There was no disdain for his former franchise, as he sat in a regular old hotel room watching his once-upon-a-time teammates battle through chemistry controversy. There was immense confusion, hurt and bewilderment that he was even an option.
As a fundamental tangible for Boston, who only had the likes of the O’Neals, Jermaine and an aging Shaquille, to fall back on, Perkins was removed at the most inopportune time in a crucial last run for the Celtics. Boston could still right their wrongs.
Perkins, although not exactly LeBron-esque about his desire to return to the Celtics, would undoubtedly jump at the chance to play for the men that he had been through the trenches with.
There were personal relationships developed there, but there was a professional respect among veterans that seems far different than Perkins’ role in Oklahoma City.
Boston needs him back. They may have felt that they could ultimately move forward with the cast assembled at the beginning of the season, but it has become painfully true that they need him more than ever. Egos aside, Ainge must realize that he was wrong for so many reasons.