An open letter to Boston GM Danny Ainge.
Dear President Ainge,
I realize last season the Celtics were one quarter away from winning the NBA Championship for the second time in three years. However, I need to tell you that your particular, costly approach to chasing Larry O'Brien trophies will eventually fail miserably.
What I saw initially as a title run built upon a house of cards was blown away in one fell swoop and one undeniable truth: the Lakers, and many other teams in the NBA, are taller, stronger, and will get better next year. I can't say the same thing about the Celtics, at least not anymore.
You attempted to address the need for a big man by signing an O'Neal, with a second one on the way; I realize that Kendrick Perkins is injured and signing someone like the two O'Neals is a necessary precaution. However, I saw that the alleged cornerstone of your franchise spent the majority of the 2010 NBA Finals contesting rebounds with one hand and launching fall-away 18-footers.
I saw that Paul Pierce needed Ron Artest's permission to so much as take a... well, you know.
I saw Ray Allen invoke franchise history by matching Dennis Johnson's NBA Finals shooting futility record of 0-13.
I saw Kobe play five feet off Rondo, pretty much daring him to launch a jumper.
In short, the Lakers had the Celtics' number that series, and no delusion of a 7-game series will change the reality that the Celtics have a bevvy of talent but are embarrassingly old going into the 2010-2011 NBA Season. Unless Rondo develops a hitherto-unseen jump shot, and KG somehow gets his knees replaced, I do not see your team making the NBA Finals next year.
A starting five of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, KG/J-O'Neal, and Shaq? If it's 2002 I'm wetting myself. It's 2010 and counting, now. With Perkins, K.G., J. O'Neal and S. O'Neal, that's eight giant ice packs you're going to need for four sets of gammy knees.
The rest of the league saw what many fans didn't see-- that the Celtics are in danger of fading into NBA obscurity. I can hear Jeff Van Gundy already calling Rondo the care-taker at a retirement home when his brother's team plays against you guys in the playoffs.
I don't have any solution right now for your team, all I can say is I dearly hope the Celtics can win one more NBA Championship before I die.
P.S. Please tell Paul Pierce to lay off the Popeyes. I grow frustrated when his lethargic, long-strided drives to the basket look like a future episode of Pros vs. Joes.