It's been just over five years since the Celtics won their first NBA championship in over two decades in 2008. Not all that long in the grand scheme of things. Yet if you look at Boston's roster from the 2007-08 season and compare it to the roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season, you'll see just one name appearing on both.
That name being Rajon Rondo. The Celtics ultra talented—not to mention ultra moody—point guard is the only player who survived the explosion, after management's decision to finally blow it up this past offseason. Of course, it seems Rondo is forever on the trading block, so who knows how permanent this arrangement is.
Despite the rapidly advancing age of veterans like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and even Ray Allen before he fled to Miami as a free agent last summer, they had been resisting the urge to purge (the old guys) in Boston for years. It seemed every time they were down long enough to justify it, the Celtics would bounce back in a big way.
They really surprised in the 2012 playoffs, taking the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics even had a chance to win it in six, but Miami battled back to win the final two games. They didn't surprise at all last season—unless you count actually making the playoffs, which was kind of a surprise.
As the season wore on, there was a sense big changes were coming to Boston—even if the media routinely warned against doing anything rash. First is was Ray Allen, then coach Doc Rivers, both of whom departed amid tensions with Rondo. And then it was Garnett and Pierce, who were traded to the Nets for a couple of jabronies they Celtics are already trying to unload.
There's no denying that the basketball situation in Boston is bleak, and will remain so for years to come.