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Friday, August 6, 2010

Boston's "ancient" Celtics

Boston's Big Four: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
In 2008, Boston Celtics reminded everyone that they are the most successful franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. That year they extended the all-time NBA record for the most championship titles by an NBA franchise. 17 to be exact. That team was bannered by Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the franchise player Paul Pierce. In 2008 NBA Finals, they defeated their all-time (and greatest) rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. However, in June 2010, the Lakers returned the favour and captured their second consecutive NBA championship with Coach Phil Jackson just one title away from winning his fourth NBA three-peat.

The Big Shamrock: Shaquille O'Neal
Anyway, this coming season is one of the most exciting in my opinion. The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers (I called them Los Diablos Gaykers!) is as always one of the contenders while Miami's Super Team of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James got bigger expectation than any team in the NBA. Boston Celtics, on the other hand, tweaked their line-up and added two aging "O'Neals" (Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal) to the "aging" Big Three (Garnett, Pierce, Allen) + Rajon Rondo. I might as well call them the "ancient" Celtics. The "Oldies!". The "Grandpa's Boston Tea Party-goers!". Shaq just earned new monikers too, the "Big Leprechaun!" and the "Big Shamrock".

The addition of the O'Neals definitely put the Celtics back in contention and despite their age, experience always count when it comes to the play-offs. The new line-up includes at least four future Hall-of-Famers and could soon join the likes of legendary Celtics Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Larry Bird five years after their retirement. I guess with that the new line-up boosted with years of experience, I am going to support another team from Boston. In addition to NFL’s New England Patriots.
My NBA Top 5 (for the upcoming season):
  1. Miami Heat (The Big Three: Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (Combo: Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant)
  3. Boston Celtics (Big Six: Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo)
  4. Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard and Vince Carter + great bench)
  5. Chicago Bulls (Derick Rose, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer)


P.S. I'm just glad that the last active remnant of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players Ever found a new team. Can't wait to see lil' Fil-Am KryptoNate and the Big Leprechaun play together.
[Photos above are not mine. I don't own nor made any of them.]

2 comments:

  1. i think barring any major injuries for these old folks, it just might all come together for the Cs. plus, they're my team. nice blog =)

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  2. @Whitney: I agree with you.. hopefully they avoid injuries.. can't wait for the season start..

    thanks :)

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