Wednesday, June 18, 2008
On My NBA Champion Boston Celtics
Last night, the Celts made tidy work of the Lakers - annihilating them by almost 40 points in Game 6 to win their 17th NBA championship. The final score was 131-92!
I could talk/write all day about my beloved Celtics but I'll spare y'all.
Though a few items MUST be mentioned.
That lunatic Bill Simmons ought to shut his pie-hole. Over the last few years he's been screaming for Boston head coach Doc Rivers' head. Well, Bill, after 66 regular season wins and the NBA title, apparently the guy CAN coach. Read here and here.
I myself didn't think too highly of the Garnett trade - read this old post. But I was fairly confident when they got to the Finals - unlike ESPN's crew of "experts":
Of all the possible story lines for Boston's title run, I submit that the true hero, the true architect is none other than the man below:
Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge is a proven, extraordinary talent. He's simply great at everything. According to Wikipedia:
Danny Ainge is the only person to be a high school first team All-American in football, basketball, and baseball.
The guy is also a tremendous golfer. He dominated one celebrity competition that I saw on The Golf Channel.
One thing that I will never forget, back in the summer of 1987 (or 1988), I carried Danny Ainge's red Ping golf bag to his car at Worcester CC. He gave me two bucks.
Red Auerbach blessed Ainge's hiring as Celtics GM in 2003:
"This guy will get it done. He's very bright, and he's lucky, too."
Of course, one of Red's favorite quotes over the years was:
"Luck is the residue of design"
Note that Red had borrowed that line from Branch Rickey.
Getting back to Danny Ainge. My leading candidate for Moron of the Year is the blogger who runs the above site. Amazingly, he's kept it current throughout this 66 win season and endured near his limit of hate mail.