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Tonight the end of an era for Boston

Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

boston_bigthree.jpgIt’s never going to be the same again.

This era of the Boston Celtics — The Big Three era — comes to an end tonight. Win or lose. Things will be changing in Boston, evolving. When the Celtics went out and got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, everyone knew this era would be pretty short. Looks like about three years.

Ray Allen is a free agent at the end of the season. Boston GM Danny Ainge considered trading him at the deadline, and at 34 you can seriously question how long a deal he should get now. He’s had a good finals, however, and based on that somebody is going to overpay. It happens every time.

There will be a lot of other changes. Not Paul Pierce, he’s not walking out on the $21.5 million he is owed next year, but he theoretically could opt out. However the bench will change. Glen Davis (good) and Rasheed Wallace (not so good) will be back, but they are the only ones under contract. Nate Robinson, Tony Allen and the rest of the bench could be gone.

Tom Thibodeau’s and his defensive game plans will be gone, at least until Chicago comes to the Garden on a road trip.

Doc Rivers may be gone as well. He’s seriously considering becoming a family man and a television analyst for a couple of years. He may think that a title or two, that these finals runs with this team, were what he could get out of this squad and it is time to step back.

At some point, the Celtics have to start building for a future around Rajon Rondo. It is now his team, and the future is all his. That should start this summer, as the Celtics start a process of getting younger,

Boston could be back next season, but it will not be the same. Times, they are a changin’.

Take one last look tonight, Boston fans, and enjoy this moment. Savor this era, which fittingly ends in a dramatic Game 7. Because after tonight things start to change.

  1. sunsfan - Jun 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Dont PAAHK the CAAAH at thaah Haaahvid Yaaaahd just yet…Next year SUNS WILL WIN!!!!!

  2. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Hazzah! A follower!
    Yes, I know, it is more of an honorary title. A more permanent Kingship position is being kicked around in the Hobbit Senate right now. Actually, it is stuck in committee. I am hoping to see it brought to the floor for a full vote soon.
    I shall not lmfao at you for you bring wisdom to the masses.
    I salute you, bob dekalb!

  3. lccomo - Jun 17, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    So Boston get Garnett and the Timberwolves really suck… I seldon watch basketball – but did have a chance to see him play a couple of times. He seems to be a great guy and a fan favorite… had a couple of friends who met up with him at a gas station — came off as truly thankful, not the least arrogant (like so many sports stars can be).
    By default, I’d like to see Boston take the series — I was in Rome when the Sox won the series… bet that was nuts:)

  4. JustAJoe - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    As a long time resident of LA ( pre Kobe, Shaq and Jackson ) and Laker fan, before it ends I want to thank Boston for making it a hard fought down to game 7 series. Both teams, whoever wins, have made it a real title match, which is the most fans can ask for out of the two teams.

  5. jonnymac - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    wow it’s amazing what this internet age has wrought….
    all the rationalizing of a potential Celtic loss and devaluing of a Laker title win tonight is hilarious.
    How did all of a sudden a guy (perkins) whose name wasn’t even mentioned all year long get so important? perkins? child please….Celtic fans are making it sound like he was their best player. what happened to Allen, Rondo, Garnett, and Pierce?…to be honest in the last two games that the Celts won perkins wasn’t even a major factor.
    Stop crying….the Lakers were missing Bynum in 2008…and you didn’t hear them complaining and lowering expectations even before the game started, or trying to say that the Celtic 2008 Championship was somehow diminished.
    And for all those idiots that continue to say that the OK Thunder almost beat the Lakers. 4-2 is not an almost! Besides, once Kobe started guarding Westbrook, and Artest locked down Durant the series was over.
    And lastly…..if the Lakers make the right trades and get Chris Bosh in the off-season and pick up a 6-6 guard who can shoot and penetrate to break down defenses. TRUST ME……LAKERS WILL 3-PEAT.

  6. jonnymac - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    wow it’s amazing what this internet age has wrought….
    all the rationalizing of a potential Celtic loss and devaluing of a Laker title win tonight is hilarious.
    How did all of a sudden a guy (perkins) whose name wasn’t even mentioned all year long get so important? perkins? child please….Celtic fans are making it sound like he was their best player. what happened to Allen, Rondo, Garnett, and Pierce?…to be honest in the last two games that the Celts won perkins wasn’t even a major factor.
    Stop crying….the Lakers were missing Bynum in 2008…and you didn’t hear them complaining and lowering expectations even before the game started, or trying to say that the Celtic 2008 Championship was somehow diminished.
    And for all those idiots that continue to say that the OK Thunder almost beat the Lakers. 4-2 is not an almost! Besides, once Kobe started guarding Westbrook, and Artest locked down Durant the series was over.
    And lastly…..if the Lakers make the right trades and get Chris Bosh in the off-season and pick up a 6-6 guard who can shoot and penetrate to break down defenses. TRUST ME……LAKERS WILL 3-PEAT.

  7. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    The only irrational/delusional comment in here is from the “sunsfan.” I think everybody else can at least agree on that!! ;)

  8. Jean Nicolas - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    As a Bostonian living in Los Angeles, I must say the Celtics did me proud; regardless of what the pundits out here are saying…They showed, strenght, grit, and determination…Fight On, Celtics! You did us proud….

  9. takemrarely - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    “That’s what Danny Ainge gets?????????”
    I know a lot of GMs would be happy to begoing into game 7 of the finals with a punchers chance to win……

  10. luffy - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    I don’t think the Celts will be a push-over next season, I’m a Lakers fan btw but I’m seeing another Lakers-Celtics finals next year. The young guns are all about money now and not for the ring.
    If Lebron goes to Chicago or New Jersey however, that’d be really interesting and could possibly end the Celtics era…
    Go Kobe, Pau and team, go Lakers!!!

  11. janB - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    You total moron. Blinded by the glitz of the Mamba….let us know when he gets some character to match his talent, and you learn to act like a sports fan and not “streeter.”

  12. mikesporty - Jul 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Lakers sign Steve Blake… three-peat on the way!

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