When you look back at what the Celtics accomplished last season, being just four points away from winning an NBA title, it's hard to say that they are on the decline.
However, when you look at the Boston Celtics, you can see why they are.
Adding Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal may give them another legitimate shot at the NBA title, but that only gives them one shot at it.
The major Celtics contributers have one more really good season ahead of them, but when they all start to feel a little old, it's all going to fall.
And they've only got one piece to help them recover.
As far as I can see, the only young Celtic to help them once Paul Pierce is past his prime, is Rajon Rondo.
Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neal, and Rasheed Wallace have all hit the high points in their careers, and are slowly becoming seasoned veterans destined to guide younger players from the bench.
And with the future Celtics only including Rondo, Big Baby, and Kendrick Perkins, it's not going to help that much.