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Changing of the guards: Brian Shaw's contract issue


      How many Celtics fans remember this? Brian Shaw and Reggie Lewis, possibly the future of the Celtics back court in the the early 90s. They had Dee Brown and Kevin Gamble, both who showed talent, plus the Big 3 still giving their all despite getting up there in age, plus injuries. 

     We all remember Brian Shaw for his contract issues with the Celtics. Signing with the good guys, then Roma, and again with the Celtics. This contract case is used now, even today, as legal precedent. What if he hadn't pulled this crap? We all know he was eventually traded to the Heat for Sherman Douglas, who we all know Larry Bird loved. Just imagine if he stayed and other pieces fell into place. 

     Would a youthful core of Shaw, Gamble, Brown and Reggie have led to opportunities for those 90s teams to sustain competitiveness as each member of the Big 3 gracefully retired or moved on? Shaw's ability to play both guard positions made him a nice piece to have. He had a decent career overall. Clearly the Celtics brass saw something in him when they drafted him. 

     It's too bad that he never reached his full potential here in Boston. Much of that was due to his own choices playing the contract game with the Celtics. He never had crazy numbers, but he seemed to make plays when given time on the floor during his career. How do Celtics fans feel about this past yet prudent subject all those years ago? Celtics fans did you have high hopes for him? Am I dating myself by writing this article? 

 

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