With the Boston Celtics set to play in Game Seven of the NBA Finals tonight, it's hard to remember that just three years ago they were the furthest place possible from that point.
At the conclusion of the 2006-2007 NBA season, the Celtics finished 24-58, the second-worst record in the league. There was a time during that season where they kept losing and losing and losing. They were downright bad.
The team consisted of Paul Pierce surrounded by players such as Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Allan Ray, and Delonte West.
Following the season, the Celtics appeared to be heading in a downward spiral.
But with a few moves here and there, they proved that you can turn around a team in a matter of weeks.
First, the team traded for Ray Allen. A short while later they added Kevin Garnett by trading away a lot of the team's youngsters.
And just like that, the Celtics suddenly had a championship-caliber team filled with three future Hall-of-Famers.
And you know how the rest of the story goes.
The Celtics won the championship that season, and have found themselves in the NBA Finals once again two years later.
So, regardless of tonight's outcome, the Boston Celtics should feel lucky about their fortunes these past few seasons.
It's easy for common fans to forget the season before the championship one (and who would want to remember it anyway).
But it is a story to keep in mind, one that can lift the spirits of current downtrodden fans.
Because it shows that you can be a helpless team one season, and with some luck and good front office moves, a championship one the next.
Who said you had to rebuild?
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