Re: True Celtics fans unlike the 99.9% here DO NOT BELIEVE IN TANKING. My respect to them.
posted at 3/12/2014 8:32 PM EDT
Whether or not we "believe" in tanking is irrelevant.
It is what it is. This is the monster David Stern created during his unholy reign...
- Over expansion
- WWE scripts and a market focus on individual stars over teams ("gee, everyone wants to see a Kobe vs Lebron Final!!!").
- And last, but not least, a ridiculous lottery system (its original purpose was to get Patrick Ewing to the Knicks) that encourages tanking.
To the OP:
You are a fool. Here's why.
Dave Cowens was the FOURTH PICK in the 1970 draft. Yeah, the 1969-70 Celtics were just dripping with Celtic Pride. It's a shame that they couldn't must more of that Pride and win more games that season, if they did, we wouldn't have enjoyed those 2 championships in the 1970s, plus the 72-73 team that won 68 games only to lose to the Knicks in the semi finals after Hondo went down (knee).
Larry Bird was the SIXTH PICK (long defunct Junior Eligible Rule) in the 1979 draft. The Cs were awful in 1978-79. Gee, if that team had gotten any more pride out of Curtis Rowe, we would not have enjoyed the Bird Years.
Cs trade Bob McAdoo for the Pistons #1 pick. It's a good thing the 1979-80 Pistons didn't have any Pride. It's nice when other teams lay down the suck for you. Anyway, that led to the one of the greatest all time trades...
Celtics trade the FIRST OVERALL PICK to Golden State for Robert Parish (the EIGHTH PICK in the 1976 draft) and the Warriors #3 pick. We all know what happened after that. The Cs took Kevin McHale with the THIRD PICK in the 1980 draft.
After the Bird Era came to its true end (in 1988, not 1992). The long drought of titles emerged. Why? For starters, the Cs hung on to the Old Three for too long. Celtic Pride delayed the rebuilding process by 5 years. The 1991-92 team finished with 51 Prideful Wins and went down with Pride in the playoffs to Cleveland. Shaq was the #1 pick in the 1992 draft, but hey, who needs Shaq when we have Pride on our side.
Not to be undone, Celtic Pride lasted for a year beyond Bird. The 1992-93 team won 48 games only to lose to the Hornets in 4 games (3-1) in round 1. I really felt the Pride flowing through me like a Green Jedi. Didn't Dee Brown win the slam dunk contest that year? Ah Pride.
At least the 1993-94 team had enough Pride to finish no lower than 9th. Nothing symbolizes Celtic Pride like Eric Montross.
Fast forward through all the empty years (yet filled with Celtic Pride!) to 1998 where the Cs just came off a Prideful 36-46 season. That year they got Paul Pierce with the TENTH PICK in the 1998 draft. With less Pride, we could have had Dirk, but I'll settle for Pierce.
In March 11, 1999, Rick Pitino, raging with Celtic Pride, traded the team's #1 pick for a mediocre C, Vitaly Potapenko (I can feel the chilly waves of Celtic Pride at the mention of that name). Pitino made this trade to strengthen his insane cause to make the playoffs. He failed and that pick would wind up being the 8th pick overall. Slick Rick added insult to injury by giving Vitaly a ludicrous (and lucrative extension).
Fast forward through more empty yet Prideful years to 2007. The Celtics traded for Ray Allen (the FIFTH PICK in the 1996 draft) with the FIFTH PICK in the 2007 draft. Danny Ainge was wise to take a flyer on Al Jefferson, straight out of HS, in 2004. (FYI, for those fans who want to see more age limits to NBA entrance, you might want to rethink your position).
AJ was a valuable enough trade chip to land Kevin Garnett (also out of HS), the FIFTH PICK in the 1995 draft. Returning to 1995, the Cs had too much damn Pride to tank that year. The Cs tried with Pride to build another Banner Team with Dino Radja and an old Dominique Wilkins. They lost (again with Pride) in round 1 to the Magic (3-1). But hey, looking back, I too would be hurt to have my Celtic Pride injured from tanking just enough to have a shot of getting a career's worth of KG, rather than the leftovers remaining in his tank (no pun intended).
- Dave Cowens was the FOURTH PICK in the 1970 draft.
- Larry Bird was the SIXTH PICK (long defunct Junior Eligible Rule) in the 1979 draft.
- Robert Parrish was the EIGHTH PICK in the 1976 draft.
- Kevin McHale was the THIRD PICK in the 1980 draft.
- Paul Pierce was the TENTH PICK in the 1998 draft.
- Kevin Garnett was the FIFTH PICK in the 1995 draft.
- Ray Allen was the FIFTH PICK in the 1996 draft.
From where did Celtic Pride originate? I'll give you a hint, it didn't come from any playoff eliminated season.
ONLY A FOOL WOULD WANT TO RELIVE THE HORROR THAT WAS THE CELTICS FROM 1988 TO 2007.
Pride comes before the fall.
Green runs deep (WHTF that means).