“ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!!!” screamed Kevin Garnett upon winning the clinching game six of the 2008 NBA finals against the vaunted Los Angeles Lakers. It was a great moment for the Cetlics who behind the big three of Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen brought the seventeenth championship banner to the TD Garden.
For the first time in five seasons the Celtics are in training camp without the all time leader in three pointers made, Ray Allen. Over the off season Allen elected to take less money for a perceived better chance at another NBA championship.
Allen cited many reasons for his departure, most notably being his feud with franchise player Rajan Rondo. Allen was frustrated with Rondo’s antics and game management style. Making matters worse, Avery Bradley took over the starting shooting guard position late this season moving Allen to the bench. Pile on the fact that Allen has been the target of trade talks the past two years and it’s tough to hate him for leaving.
This however does not excuse the fact that he left for the Miami Heat, the team the Celtics lost to in an emotionally exhausting seven game eastern conference finals. What better way to start the season than with a Celtics – Heat matchup in Miami when Lebron James and company will receive their rings.
Celtics fan will hope the defending Atlantic division champs can minimize the amount of times James or Dwyane Wade drive to the hoop and kick it out to a wide open Allen for three. The Heat will be heavily favored both for that game and to return to the finals as eastern conference champs. But if there’s one things we’ve learned from the Garnett era it’s that anything’s possible.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Tuma
I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst studying sport management with a minor in education. I'm an avid sports fan particularly baseball, basketball, football, and fantasy sports. I've interned with the Worcester Tornadoes, who are an independent league baseball team and work for UMass baseball as well. I hope to someday be a major fixture in the world of sports.