Yeah, yeah, we all know how the 2009-10 NBA season ended for the Boston Celtics.
Game Seven between the two most storied franchises in NBA history. With the pain from that loss the Celtics and their management took no time to sulk, or moan about a tough loss.
Instead, they did the exact opposite and got down to business in getting this team ready for another championship run.
The first order of business was to persuade Coach Doc Rivers to give the title another shot and stay with the team.
Rivers’ presence is what keeps the team together, without him the will to win is somewhat lost. General Manager Danny Ainge understands this and had all of the Celtics priorities in order.
Next up would be to re-sign the face of the franchise in Paul Pierce, and the pure shooter in Ray Allen.
Without Pierce and Allen the Celtics would lose their team captain and veteran leadership which are needed to make a serious run at a NBA championship.
The Celtics lost their valuable sixth-men Tony Allen to the Memphis Grizzlies and Rasheed Wallace to retirement (although I think Wallace will return for the second half of the season).
Allen's smothering perimeter defense will be missed and Rasheed's ability to stretch the floor will be missed as well.
However, Ainge did the next best thing in re-signing energetic point guard Nate Robinson and versatile wing Marquis Daniels.
Ainge also made the decision to sign 6x NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal.
O'Neal gives the Celtics added depth at the center position and gives them another great help side defender and someone who has the ability to help grab rebounds.
The Celtics also added Luke Harangody and Avery Bradley via the NBA Draft.
These two selections are decent ones and both are steals especially Bradley with the 19th pick.
Bradley and Harangody have the potential to be a good players in this league if handled correctly by Ainge and the Celtics.
Boston also signed explosive wing player and perhaps the player with the most to prove, Von Wafer.
Wafer is a scoring wing who had a break out year during the 2008-09 NBA season. The success of Wafer would allow Pierce to rest during the regular season and give the Celtics depth at the shooting-guard/ small-forward position.
The Celtics have also signed fiery guard Delonte West.
His versatility on the court allows him to either play point guard or run at the two-guard whenever needed.
Although he does have off-the-court issues, the Celtics are the team that drafted him in 2004.
The Celtics staff believes they can help him recover from his mistakes and give him a chance to start over.
By far the BIGGEST addition the Celtics roster is the 7’1", 325-lb Shaquille O’Neal.
Shaq is a significant addition to the Celtics.
He brings leadership, toughness, and a will to win to a team that has the same mentality as he does.
At 38, he gives the Celtics a really good low post scorer and another inside presence on defense.
The Celtics have gotten much better than people give them credit. They will have the deepest bench in the NBA and can match up well against any team they go up against.
My Summer grade for the Celtics is an "A", because there is no doubt that these men are “armed and ready” for another title run.