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Dear Jayson and Jaylen

      Dear Jayson and Jaylen, look at this year's NBA playoffs and Giannis as an example that loyalty and hard work can pay off. If you give your all to a franchise and they give back to you then you can achieve the ultimate glory on the hard wood. Look at how much that title in Milwaukee meant to those fans and that collective team. Ask any player from the Celtics what it means to win here - there is no better experience .       The culture of winning titles in Boston has been passed on from the 60s, 70s and 80s to the eventual 08 title team. There is a bond that is unbreakable when you win in Boston! Just ask KG or the Truth how much that title meant to them and the entire Celtics organization. Anything is Possible!       Look at the joy and exuberance that Giannis had by staying true to the team that drafted him. He didn't go and run away. He got down and dirty improved his game and dominated in the Finals. Look at Larry, Magic and MJ they all worked hard and climbed the mou
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Ray Allen: Time heals all wounds

      Ray Allen was a player who was admired by Celtics fans. There were dreams of the young man who played at UConn in Celtics fans minds. In a steal of a trade by Danny Ainge, he acquired Ray and Big Baby Davis for Delonte West, Wally Z, and what turned out to be Jeff Green. Celtics fans will say Danny definitely won this trade.       Ray was a player who could score from  anywhere especially from three point land he was deadly out there. Ray also had a heck of a midrange game and could get to the hoop easily. An absolute complete player who, when teamed up with KG and The Truth, was a true threat to go off at any moment.       As a Celtic Ray had some memorable moments . During game 4 of the Finals vs the Lakers he played all 48 minutes scoring 19 points and had 9 rebounds. He was part of the 24 point comeback and even scored the clinching layup to put the Celtics up five. In the clinching game vs the Lakers. He had had a (then) record seven threes. He broke Larry Bird's conse

Back to basics on Celtics style of play?

      Where did we end up as a team this season in our style of play ? It all starts on the defensive end. Do we see that effort and fight on every play defensively! Can Udoka's defensive system motivate this core we have. Is it less complicated than Stevens system which gave other teams wide open shots on a lot of occasions. Let's get back to basics and work harder then any team defensively and let the Wolverine Marcus Smart lead us out there on the defensive end.       Offensively we need a team oriented system that gets everyone involved and leads to easy shots. No more just going one on one. Here's an idea how about we run more just like Tommy Heinsohn used to say! Imagine a team that works hard defensively and and runs the fast break flawlessly. We have the players who can do it. Imagine having Brown and Tatum just flying down the floor getting easy transition baskets.       Another offensive idea that should be encouraged is go to the hoop! We have all seen Brown

Giannis and the Bucks: No need for more super teams

      The Bucks winning a title proves that super teams are not necessary to win an NBA championship . Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks proved if you have a team that plays as a team, you can win it all. A team that believes in itself. A cohesive unit with one goal in mind. Giannis proved that loyalty to the team that drafted you is something special. They went through tough losses together yet he didn't pack up and join a super team. His team in fact beat a so called super team.       Super teams were a response to Danny Ainge, through shrewd trade, was able to put together a team that had Kevin Garnett , The Truth , and Ray . When they broke Lebron James in Cleveland instead of going back there, The King went and started a so called super team with Wade and Bosh.  And even though they won a few titles, they lost more than they won. What the Finals showed us is that a trio of superstars isn't necessary to go really far in the post-season. All that's needed is a super-T

Not drafting Gianni Antetokounmpo ranks second in Celtics misfortunes

 I don't label Danny Ainge taking Giannis Antetokounmpo 15th in the 2013 NBA draft as a blunder, or even bad judgement. No NBA coach, GM or analyst could envision what the now-League Champion and Finals MVP could be. So lets call it unfortunate that we won't be seeing a starting-5 of The Greek Freak alongside The Jay team, Marcus Smart and Al Horford this coming season. The Celtics slipping to number-3 in the 1997 draft and missing out on Tim Duncan won't be included in this rating. The Evil Emperor of Beantown, Rick Pitino , was in charge and would most-likely would have butchered his handling of such a fundamentally-sound talent.  So the greatest misfortune in Celtics history has to be the early deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis , taken in successive (1986 & 87) NBA draft s. I lump the two players together since, had they lived, they would have paired to possibly prolong the careers of Bird, Parish and McHale in Boston, and perhaps add a couple of banners to

Kevin McHale: The Swiss Army Knife

           Kevin McHale was the man of many moves. He could fake you out of your jock in the low post. He had it all. He could go inside and destroy you or even hit that midrange shot and later in his career knocked down some threes. He out leapt, out spun, and out maneuvered all his opponents and that led Charles Barkley to say he was the best player he ever played against .       Drafted with the 3rd overall pick in that steal of a trade for Robert Parish by Red Auerbach . Kevin's impact on the floor came very quickly. In game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 1981 during their 3 to 1 comeback he rejected Andrew Toney to secure the win for the Celtics. In game 4 of the NBA Finals in 84 with the Celtics trailing in the game and series, he made the infamous Rambis clothesline play which not only spurred the Celtics to a win in the game but eventually a title!       A little known fact was in free agency Kevin signed with the Knicks.  So what was Red's answer - to go and

Robert Parish: aka The Chief

      Robert Parish also known as The Chief, had no ego when it came to playing for the the Boston Celtics. A versatile big who could run the floor and finish fast breaks. His longevity and dependability were very impressive for a big. His high arching shot was like watching rain fall down. He was a strong defensive player who always had the knack for clutch rebounds and blocked shots.       Starting his career in Golden State, The Chief was labeled with a bad reputation. You never know a player until he's on your team and when Red Auerbach went calling to Golden State and offered the number one pick for Robert and the third overall pick history, was made. At first he was surprised to be traded but he was jumping up and down for joy to have a fresh start. Chief loved that the Celtics were all about team. They played for the name on the front of the jersey not the back of it.        When Robert joined the Celtics they also used that 3rd pick to draft Kevin McHale and when they