Now that the writers' strike is over, and I can finally turn on my word processing program and put electronic ink to electronic paper, let me first say what an insanely fun past four months is has been in Celtic land.
I mean, have you stopped to appreciate just how good you have it as a Celtics fan right now?
Who in their craziest, most euphoric dreams would have thought that after the tragic events of May 22, 2007 the Boston Celtics would be sitting in this situation: Best team in the NBA two-thirds of the way through the season, selling out not only the Garden but every single opposing arena in the league, taking every team's best shot (well, every team except for the Clippers), and still coming out on top 4 out of 5 times.
I think the remarkableness of the whole thing has kind of gotten lost in the whole Boston sports scene. Think about it: The Red Sox win the World Series, the Patriots run through an undefeated regular season, and the Celtics start off with an incredible 29-3 record.
Yet, by that time, most Boston sports fans seemed to shrug their shoulders and chalk it up to the greater Boston dominance of the sports world. What they didn't talk about was the success of the Red Sox and Patriots didn't come overnight. It was slow and painful, the culmination of years and years of experimentation, failure, and steady improvements. They didn't just start dominating overnight.
Yet the Celtics did.
Worst to first.
I still don't think people realize how incredible this turnaround has been.
So, the next time the C's lose three in a row (and yes, as we have seen, it CAN happen), just remember: only two years ago, the Celtics couldn't even win three in a row. For a whole season. Believe me, I was there.
And yes, I still scream at the TV every game. I still don't understand what Doc is thinking on the sidelines many times. I still wish Danny appeared to do a little more to shore up this team's weak spots. I still am a little worried that the team has gone only 14-9 since that 29-3 start. (Although, let's be honest, 14-9 is not too shabby with the schedule they've played and injuries they've dealt with.)
But at the same time, I've been willing to cut some slack so far… you can't argue too much with this season's results overall.
Of course, I reserve the right to delete the previous sentence over the next couple of months. It doesn't hurt to expect perfection. And like all things in life, second guessing is always more fun than making the actual decisions.
But I'll continue to enjoy the ride the rest of this season, and I will never forget just how bad it can really be. There's a lot experience in that department to draw from over the past 20 years.
More to come
Also just want to note that the most common question/e-mail I've gotten over the past few months has been "How come the Green Room has been so quiet during the Celtics’ most successful season in a long time?", and although I have not come up with a satisfactory answer (no, I'm not in the writers guild … they actually have a restraining order against me), I do want to say that the activity will be picking up in the coming days/weeks/months.
We have a new contributor getting thrown into the mix shortly, and as the playoffs creep closer there will be a lot more to write/obsess about. So as the season gets more fun, check back here a little more frequently than once a month and hopefully you'll find something to occupy your Celtics time once again.
And if not, well, you can always curse us out (without the cursing, of course) in the comments section. Or send really filthy stuff to our e-mails by using that box on the right --->