Wedman, Walton, & Sichting: Do I Hear a Challenge to Their Throne?
Perhaps the most celebrated second unit in Celtics history, the 1986 reserves, played the starters better than most opposing teams. That pattern could be replayed this season. “It is happening,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Our second team is good. I think it was like that two years ago for us too. They just didn’t take any crap from the first unit. That’s when you have a bunch of veterans on your second unit.
“I played on a team with the Spurs late in my career and it was myself, Terry Cummings, Moses Malone, Chuck Person. I mean, that’s an old team coming off the bench. We routinely gave it to the first unit, and even if they were beating us, we physically beat ’em down because we could."
As I said during the game, the Rockets didn't look like they belonged on the floor with the Celtics' first unit, and that didn't change when the Celtics' reserves took the floor. Scott Wedman, Bill Walton, and Jerry Sichting actually started slow during the 1985-86 season, but began showing signs of life at mid-season, and then really hit their stride down the stretch. In one game, KC Jones actually started his bench and won. At the end of the year, the Celtics' best reserve--Bill Walton--was honored with the NBA's Sixth Man Award.
Could the 2009-10 Celtics' bench give them a run for their money?
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