When Danny Ainge brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston, a championship was on Paul Pierce's mind.
"The Big Three," with the help from second-year point guard Rajon Rondo, brought home the Celtics' 17th NBA Championship last season. It was the first title in their illustrious Hall-of-Fame careers, and the first in Boston since the 1985-86 season.
Pierce, who was drafted by Boston in 1998 out of Kansas, finally got the help he needed. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen both were leaders on their former teams, but were never able to win a title.
Those past failures caused "The Big Three" to set their eyes on a title, not personal accomplishments. The Celtics also got veteran help off of the bench with the likes of Sam Cassell and Eddie House.
But with Boston having hoisted their 17th NBA title, will Pierce be there for the 18th?
Pierce, Garnett, and Allen now know what it takes to be champions, and with young stars in Boston, the future looks very promising. Danny Ainge, who has been criticized for his moves, is now looking like a genius. Rajon Rondo, who has turned into a great point guard, will also help in the 2009 title chase.
I would like to believe that with "The Big Three," having five more good years, another title is in the near future—although the NBA has many teams on the rise, such as Atlanta, Indiana, and Miami.
Paul Pierce will be in Boston for the 18th title, one that I imagine will be soon. My prediction is that with the young help and veteran presence, he will win two more titles.
The NBA title chase begins October 28 with every team in the race. Boston will be front runners, as they bring back everybody but Posey and P.J Brown. Their draft picks were also good, picking up J.R Giddens out of New Mexico and Bill Walker out of Kansas State.
With veteran help and good young players, the Celtics look to repeat. It will be difficult—the last repeat team was the Lakers, who won three straight from 2000-02.