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Expectations for Celtics at exospheric level. Is that fair?

 There is only outer space beyond the exosphere, and that is where the expectations for the Boston Celtics reside this season. No excuses! No alibis! Anything less than Banner 18 for The Green is failure. But is that even fair.


I admit to being disgusted by the 0-3 start for Boston - with home court - in last season's Eastern Finals versus Miami. It took a harsh scolding by owner, Wic Grousbeck, to even the series (barely) at 3-3 - with Boston losing Game 7.

Boston sports fans are terrific, but they are also very demanding. They see 17 banners in TD Garden rafters and expect the next one very soon - probably this June. The last Title was in 2008, so with 30 teams in the League, most fans around the League would be content with waiting until 2038. Not so in Beantown.

We have been spoiled. Red and Russ got us 11 Titles. Then came another two in the 70's - three in the 80's - and the last one in 2008. May I introduce the 10 present NBA teams that have ZERO Titles, granting the fact some have not been around as long as the Celtics:

  • Phoenix Suns
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Utah Jazz
  • Orlando Magic
  • Los Angeles Clippers
I was there for the 2008 Rolling Rally in Boston and truly long to visit another one. But I realize Joe Mazzulla's crew are not programmed robots. The 16-year Title "drought" in Boston would be merely a dry spell for most other teams. But I still long for Banner 18 - particularly before the Lakers earn theirs.

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