As the final minutes and seconds of the NBA season wound down, commentators and fans alike began to talk about how great this must feel for the Boston Three-Party.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen—three of the NBA's biggest stars—each finally captured their long-overdue title.
Like many Boston teams of late, the Celtics found themselves with a much larger fan base than they had at the beginning of the season. As usual, many of these fans were simply bandwagon jumpers and some just hated the Lakers, but there was a new group present among the new additions.
Minnesota fans rooted for the Celtics en masse, and I'm willing to bet Bucks and Sonics fans did, too. It had nothing to do with the bandwagon, and everything to do with favorite sons.
The Timberwolves are not going to contend for a title in the near future. They, like the crosstown Twins, seem to be perpetually retooling for tomorrow. So for die hard Wolves fans, seeing Garnett finally hoist the trophy was almost as good as bringing one back to the Target Center.
In his post game "interview" with Michelle Tafoya, Garnett shouted "This one's for everyone in 'Sota," and so it was. Our favorite son, the "Big Ticket," became the champion we always knew he was.