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"Climb on my back!" Who will play the role of Cedric Maxwell for this Celtics team?


Cedric Maxwell has just recently gotten back on Twitter.  Why?  Who knows.  But I’m glad he’s back because I think he is an ultra funny dude, and I think he’s a winner.  Plus, he’s a huge Celtics fan, so I want to hear what he has to say.  The epic Celtics season ride that we are all on right now will be a little more fun with Max on the bandwagon.



I bring Cedric up this December Sunday morning because I think the current Celtics squad is going to need someone like him at some point this year.  We are going to need someone who can talk the talk of “Climb on my back boys” and then walk the walk of scoring 24 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists in a Game 7, series winning performance.

The year was 1984 and it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.  The actual choice of words has been questioned for years (I think there were a few explatives in along with the “climb on my back” stuff, but the point was simple: Cedric Maxwell was mentally prepared to be THE MAN.  In a locker room filled with talents like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, etc, Max made it clear that if we needed a hoop, they could look to him to get it done.
 
Who is going to be our MAN come playoff time? We certainly have a handful of options.  I’m biased and will always lean toward Jayson Tatum needing to be the guy who takes us over the line.  I remember the dunk on Lebron in the playoffs 2 years ago and the staredown afterwards, and I see his confidence growing by the game this year.  The 3 he drained at the end of the 3rd quarter last game shows exactly what I’m talking about.

Kemba Walker deserves every chance to be the MAN as well.  He has the ball in his hands the most.  He is great at getting into the paint with the dribble.  He has a history of absolutely carrying a team to a championship.  Yes it was in college, but he has proven that he has the “climb on my back” gene.

Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward (when he gets back) both have played great this season.  Both have my full vote of confidence.  Jaylen’s offensive game is so much stronger this year.  He’s becoming money from 3 and his pullups in the lane are looking almost automatic.  Hayward before he got hurt was the most polished offensive performer on the team from game to game.  It all came so easy to him.

Marcus Smart will be in the mix too.  He always is, right?  He just always seems to make a play that results in the ball being in his hands in big moments.  He makes some and he misses some, as we all know.  But I love the guy and I always will.

So who is going to be THE MAN when we get to May/June and play Milwaukee or Toronto and then the Lakers or Clippers or Nuggets?  I’m not sure.  So maybe we should ask someone else.  Cedric, if you are out there and you read this, what say you?  Who’s gonna be the guy to say “climb on my back” and then take us to the promised land?

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  1. I was always a big fan of The Rubber Band Man, but his future with Boston was sealed when he pissed off Larry Bird on Larry's first day of training camp as a rookie when Max, Curtis Rowe and Sidney Wicks were making fun of him. "Here comes the Great White Hope" is what Max directed at The Bird Man. Big mistake. Larry saw it is more than gentle prodding, and he never forgot it.

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  2. This simply isn’t true. The story of Max, Curtis, Sidney is documented. It’s also documented that Maxwell realized real quick that bird could play. Curtis/Sidney were gone, Max and Bird connected and the rest is history. Bird was devastated in 85’ when things started to fall apart. Bird and Red blamed Max for not properly rehabbing his knee- some would say they were out of line. Many would agree w them. Either way, max okayed the trade, as he has to for the money to be right in the Walton deal. That was 6 years, 2 championships and a Finals mvp for each of them. Hardly a bird holding a grudge for that first practice. Haha.

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