This was the next to last sentence in a Adam Kaufman article that appeared in today's Globe:
"So, how long will the Celtics’ rebuild last? Today, it looks like a five-year window, at best, and feels a lot longer. But, pending a top-three draft choice and some of those fireworks, another showdown with King James could come sooner than later."
I tend to agree. I think anyone who has followed this team for more than the past decade knows how miraculous the last rise from the dead was in 2007. In fact, such wheeling and dealing by past GM's produced some great players obtained through timely and fortuitous trades, but all such revivals, including 2007, were made possible primarily through drafts and luck, whether directly for players we kept or players and picks we bartered for other players and picks. This next rise from the dead will be no different. This is what history tells us.
Will we return to the playoffs soon? Two years in my estimation. Will we seriously contend for a banner then? No way, it will take several more years to finalize a starting roster and gel as a unit. To use the old bromide, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a championship team. Don't forget, we had Paul Pierce, and obtained two probable HOF'rs by sheer timing and audacity in Ray Shuttlesworth and KG. That was luck and shrewdness to the Nth degree and unlikely to happen again in one off season.
So to the rest of the Celtics family I say have patience and try to temper "we're going all the way this year" bombast, because we're not. We're more likely going to slog this revival out one deal at a time over the next several years. I'm O.K. with that as long as we get to where we want to be - at the NBA finals.