The Journey Begins: What Can We Expect from the 2009-10 Season?
Doc Rivers and the Big Three did a lot of talking about the Journey during 2007-08 championship season, so much so that more than a few of us tuned it out as so much blather. For the die hards deprived of a title for more than 20 years, the only thing that counted was the destination. We got what we wanted. We got what we predicted, and we got revenge for that damned junior, junior thing back in '87.
But this year things are little more murky.
We got injuries (KG's knee). We got age (Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace). We got unknowns (Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams). We even have unknown injuries (Paul Pierce's bone spurs, Perkins' shoulder).
So more than 2007-08, this year's gonna be the real journey.
The 2009-10 Boston Celtics could end up like the 1971-72 Lakers, dismissed as old and beat up only to surprise at how dominant they can be. Or they could be like the 1986-87 Lakers, who by adding one big man, Mychal Thompson, changed the outlook of the team from one in a field of competitors vying for the title to the odds on favorites to win the whole thing. Or they could be like the 1987 Celtics, who were barely healthy enough by the end of the year to complete the race.
But at the end of the day, we have the best roster in the NBA. We have the best starting five, and we have the best bench. We have the best coach for this team. I'm ready for the journey. Or as KG once said, I'm ready to go to war:
- #05 (Walton)
- #08 (Wedman)
- #12 (Sichting)
- 1971-72 Lakers
- 2007-08 Scores
- Banner 17
- Grassy Knoll Network
- Green Mile
- Larry & Magic
- NBA Scoreboard
- Russell v. Chamberlain
- Walton Gang (1977)