Re: Why watch this coming season?
posted at 7/4/2013 10:18 AM EDT
Because it's your team. I don't think it gets any simpler than that. Win or lose, you watch and root for them. No team wins every game; no teams win all the time.
I'm going to enjoy watching how Danny Ainge attempts to be the steward of what we've come to think is the Boston Celtic culture. He seems genuinely locked in to building another era of Celtic success.
He knows that there was no transcendent talent out there this year, either in the draft or in free agency, that would be the driving force behind the new Celtics. So he grabs a perfectly solid "complementary" big and a possible career backup banger in this draft. I actually want to see Iverson smack some people around and I want to see Olynyk and Sullinger in high-low actions.
This roster won't be the same next Friday, let alone in October, but I believe that the team will be fun to watch and not necessarily because they're "exciting" players. No one would ever call Tim Duncan "exciting," but no one would pass on him, either.
Check out the '86 Celtics, a team some experts have nominated for best NBA team ever - Parish, Bird, McHale, Johnson, Ainge, Walton, Wedman, Sichting, Carlisle, etc. Exciting? Taken individually these guys were basically slow and boring. Together, however, they played brilliant, exciting basketball.