Re: I WILL SLEEP LIKE A BABY KNOWING MY HEAT IS GONNA WIN THIS SERIES
posted at 5/11/2011 10:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: I WILL SLEEP LIKE A BABY KNOWING MY HEAT IS GONNA WIN THIS SERIES
There is no comparison between the Celtics' and Heat's assembling of their respective Big 3s. First of all, the Celtics Big 3 came together courtesy of Danny Ainge making risky trades - from the perspective of the long-term future, ie giving up Big Al and, temporarily, West and Green - in order to be relevant after a 22 year drought. In fact the stars had to line up perfectly for those trades to even happen. If the Seattle owners weren't looking to dump salary so they could move more easily to OKC or if they weren't interested in Jeff Green, we wouldn't have gotten Ray Allen. If the Timberwolves weren't looking to dump salary or if Andrew Bynum had looked more promising than Al Jefferson, we wouldn't have gotten Garnett. And don't give me any cr4p about how Kevin McHale made that trade because he cared more about the Celtics than his own team. He had a boss to go through in order to get that trade approved. If Ray Allen's ankles hadn't held up post-surgery, who knows how the Celtics would have fared in 08 or how those trades would have wound up looking. The Heat, on the other hand, were a product one prima donna (LeBron James) deciding two years ahead of time that he no longer wanted to tough it out with Cleveland. Note what he said after we beat them in '08 about how we should wait till July 1, 2010. Look it up. This is something he'd clearly planned because even though he was (and is) still in his prime, he just couldn't stand being denied a championship year after year. It would have been like Bird, Magic and Jordan all teaming up back in the day. And that, of course, was unthinkable, because each of those men was a true champion inextricably tied to his team. And before you say that Allen and Garnett were not... remember that they were TRADED to the Celtics and blessed with the opportunity after years of sticking with their teams through thick and mostly thin. Secondly, all of our Big 3 had gone 10+ years without even sniffing a championship. Each one of them was willing to sacrifice his own individual stats in order to reach that one team goal that had eluded him. Each one of them, by the way, was at least 30 when they met that goal. When Kevin Garnett kissed the parquet floor and got publicly emotional, you could just feel the joy and humility that can only come from reaching a dream after having been denied it for over a decade. It felt almost as good for me to see that as a fan. I could see it in Pierce and Allen too. None of the Heat's Big 3 will ever know that joy, even if they do win their 7 titles. The Celtics' Big 3 also came together for positive reasons, not for the purpose of beating their one common nemesis, as the Heat openly did with the Celtics. Again, look it up. There's a whole article quoting James, Wade and Bibby saying they all hate losing to Boston year after year, that they hate us for it and that they came together so they could finally beat us. The article, by the way, sounds more like something that would come from the sports section of the Onion, but it's dead-on serious. All that is coming from guys who are still in their 20s, who could have stuck with their respective teams for maybe a few more years before deciding they just couldn't retire without tasting the thrill of a championship. But no, they chose the quick easy on-paper dynasty instead. And that brings me to the 3rd comparison - attitude. Look, I'm not putting halos on my Celtics. Yes, I think they're very good men but I don't expect them all to be choir boys. But they all - particularly the Big 3 - carry themselves with a level of class and humility that is 180 degrees different from the arrogant (predicting 7 championships, comparing other teams to finishing breakfast and lunch, etc) ways of the Heat's Big 3. I know this sounds melodramatic, but there is something wrong in the world when people like your Big 3 can win out over people like ours. But I've accepted that that's how the world is. What you can't take away from us is that we returned permanently to being a relevant team after 22 years - not 5 years like you - 22 years. And that this year alone we overcame more adversity and heartbreak than your guys will ever be able to face. And that we love these guys for it and for restoring true Celtic glory for years to come. And that, by the way, you haven't won the series YET.
Posted by MsLithium21
Post of the Year.