I was gathering autographs before a recent game when I told the Beast "10 more years and #43 will be hoisted to the rafters."
"Yeah, right," he responded, as he finished signing my SI championship book.
He's certainly no KG, Paul Pierce, or Ray Allen. Hey may not even be an All-Star or All-Defense . . . yet. But he's already got one ring, and who knows how many more he'll win. Does anyone doubt his indispensability to this team? If Don Nelson's number can get hoisted, is it really that hard to imagine a jersey-raising ceremony for the Beast?