Boston Celtics' Biggest Challenges for the 2011-2012 NBA Season

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Boston Celtics' Biggest Challenges for the 2011-2012 NBA Season
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What is likely to be Ray Allen's final season in a Celtic uniform tips off on Christmas Day.

It's been a unique and unprecedented offseason for the National Basketball Association. 

A lockout that spiraled into not just missed exhibition games but regular season games as well. 

A tenuous labor peace that was brokered only after numerous "ultimatums" were bypassed.

Then last week Commissioner David Stern made one of the most controversial decisions by any commissioner of any major sport in recent memory. He vetoed a proposed three-team deal that would have sent All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers and would have sent numerous players back to New Orleans as well as to the Houston Rockets who were involved in the deal as well. 

Through all the drama one very simple fact remains. On Christmas Day NBA basketball will be back and with it each team will have to deal with a somewhat unique set of circumstances brought about by the unique offseason that has led up the Christmas Day start of the season. 

The Boston Celtics are no exception. The Celtics will have some of the same challenges facing them that other teams will have this season. They'll also have some that will be unique to the franchise.

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