Danny Revisits the 1988 Christmas Party

You’ve made it clear in the past (citation to reference), with Red [Auerbach] holding on to the original Big Three, that you would have made some of those trades. You have set yourself up that you would not be sentimental. Are the players aware of that?

Yes, but there’s one big difference in the situation that I was in as a player in Boston. In 1988, we knew we had no chance of winning a championship. Larry Bird was in two casts on his feet. Kevin McHale wasn’t the same player he was physically. We weren’t close to winning a championship. Our better days had gone by and we were on the way down. We could be a decent team but we were never going to be a great team again with the same cast of characters.

I think that’s different. Right now, with our Big Three we have a legitimate shot at winning a championship. It doesn’t mean that we’re the favorites, it just means that we have a chance. There’s a difference between breaking up something that could win a championship and those opportunities just don’t come along all the time. That’s the difference between 1988 and now.


Long story short: This team will make "the tournament," and barring injuries, will have a shot at the title. They won't be anybody's favorite (outside of Reggie Miller), but they'll be in the hunt.

Sounds like 1984 to me.

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