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The Boston Celtics you once knew are gone

Feb 8, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

When the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in 2008, they were a team built and based on chemistry. “Ubuntu” was the word of the day, and a team that entered the season with plenty of talent (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) but also plenty of questions (Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins) shrugged off every challenger along the way.
Now, two years later, those same Celtics are looking to relive some of their 2008 magic by…throwing chemistry to the wind and possibly making a last-ditch effort at the trade deadline. From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

Though team president Danny Ainge has publicly ridiculed the Allen
trade reports, several NBA executives told that the
Celtics have been actively trying to parlay Allen’s $19.7 million
expiring contract into an asset that could keep them in the mix during
the upcoming playoffs and also help them for the next several seasons.
The most recent inquiry, sources say, involved Sacramento sharpshooter Kevin Martin,
who’d be a good fit with Boston’s remaining core. Kings officials might
be talked out of their reluctance to deal Martin if they could pry
a prolific big man out of a third team brought into the discussions or
in a separate transaction before the deadline.

The bottom line
is that Ainge, who saved his job by pulling off the perfect storm of
trades that yielded Allen and Garnett three years ago, has made it
clear in private conversations that he’s “not going back to the abyss,”
according to one person familiar with the discussions.

I can’t help but feel that trading Ray Allen would be a bad decision by Boston at this point in the game. It may bode well for their future, but I’m not convinced that adding a prominent player to the mix at this point would be the wisest idea for a Celtics squad that has, frankly, struggled at times this season. Danny Ainge may have his hand forced by recent losses to the Magic and Hawks (as well as the incredible play of late by the Cavs), but how can anyone reasonably expect a new addition to pick up Boston’s trademark defense without the benefit of a training camp?

  1. Robert L. Hammons - Feb 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Very well written, thanks for the great post. I think I’ll be coming back here more often :)I teach AP Biology, and lately most of the reports I’ve read are from AP Biology students who don’t write this well.Ap Biology

  2. Greg - Feb 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Totally off topic, but just wondering if this means we are going to get moving pictures for the rest of the league. I sure hope so…big fan.
    And not to be boring and completely unimaginative, but I wouldn’t be sad if the first one was Lebron…

  3. David - Feb 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM


  4. kevinG(notthatone) - Feb 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    man what is it with you and kurt helin being such celtic haters?So what if danny ainge was considering trading Ray,what,do you expect them to keep him forever?yeah how crazy trying to get a talented shooter who is young with huge upside,so sue him.I like Ray too,who doesnt but we cant get younger without moving people and we dont have much to bargain ray hasnt been having the greatest year if you havent noticed,granted hes been carrying us the past few games but a great word to describe him this year would be inconsistant.Dont ya think?Dont get me wrong,if we could keep him and still get better i’d rather do that,maybe things will turn around with the addition of nate.I just think if we can get better we should’nt not do it “For the love of Ray A”Maybe another player would have better chemistry with the team,how the hell do you know?

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