There was much speculation about 2010-11 being the final go-round for the Boston Celtics' core group. Rumors abound that Head Coach Doc Rivers would resign. Jackie MacMullan told ESPN's Bill Simmons on the B.S. Report on March 11 that she believed this would be Garnett's final season, that he was losing the drive to get ready for game after game.
After the Celtics' loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, I made peace with the fact that I would never see this core group — a team that's given me more joy than any other — together again.
Then Rivers signed a new deal and began talking about surrounding the Big Three with talent. As expected, Shaquille O'Neal retired, and we'll have to wait and see about Glen "Big Baby" Davis' free agency.
Most Celtics' fans I know were pumped about a new season getting started: one final run. Not me though. Like I said, I was ready to move on, get a new core group in place and rebuild. Watching 82 games with such an old team was a chore last season and it's only going to get worse as Miami and Chicago grow stronger.
Having said that, if I were Celtic President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, here's what I'd be working on this summer rather than trying to make one, final, doomed run.