Boston Celtics: Remembering This Day 5 Years Ago

Patrick Buscone@pbuscone10Senior Analyst IJuly 31, 2012

BOSTON - MAY 18:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics looks towards teammate Paul Pierce #34 during their post game press conference after their 97-92 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the TD Banknorth Garden May 18, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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I feel bad. I'm guilty of a normally terrible sin: forgetting an important anniversary until the last second. 

As I write this it is currently July 31, 2012. Admittedly though, I'm writing it kind of late, so it won't be July 31 for long. 

And I think I speak for all of my fellow Celtics fans when I say that the memory of five years ago today—July 31, 2007—will forever remain with us. 

It was a half decade ago that the Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett. Today is the anniversary of Kevin Garnett coming to Boston. I'm sure KG won't be too upset that I forgot the anniversary until now. Although, I doubt I can make dinner reservations at this point. 

Really, it's the least I could do though because on this day five years ago, the Celtics as a franchise was forever changed. 

Almost the second Garnett stepped foot on Boston soil, the culture of the Celtics was completely altered. During his introductory press conference, you could just feel it. He said all the right things (the Heat's Big Three should have probably followed the Celtics lead in terms of introductions) and just gave Celtics fans everywhere a feeling they hadn't had since the '80s.

Suddenly, the Celtics were contenders again, Kevin Garnett was close to his first championship and Danny Ainge was a genius.

Now, five years later, we know that Kevin Garnett did indeed win his first championship in that season. Since then, a lot more has happened, including a lot of disappointing playoff exits and a rotating cast of characters.

Of all the changes though, a few things remained consistent—including Kevin Garnett. It seems that KG has been a Celtic for life. In his five years, at least, he has done enough to be considered a life-long Celtic.

And with three more years of him in Celtic green, he will definitely someday find his No. 5 up in the rafters, right next to Paul Pierce's No. 34.

We must remember that it all started on July 31, 2007 though. These days, we always talk about the Celtics as contenders and that is all thanks to that day. It's a day in Celtics history that will live forever. 

Next season, the Celtics will again be in the mix of teams fighting for the championship, as they have the past five years all because of that one day. Of course, the Celtics celebrated this anniversary by making yet another huge move to keep them contenders for at least the next five years. 

They officially signed Jason Collins.