Good Evening, as Free Agency in 2020 ramps up or cools down depending on your market you should as an NBA fan or fan of the Boston/LA rivalry want one thing and one thing only. An arms race to the 18th Banner. Before we get started, we should take a moment to listen to today’s song of the day which will blend magnificently with the drink of the day (Brewery of the day).
The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 17th NBA Title matching that of the Boston Celtics for the league lead in championships. As a Celtic fan that should churn your stomach and make steam come out of your ears. Which ultimately should cause even further angst in the ownership and alumni of the Celtics. How can we let the Lakers have more trophies than us? And how in the F8** are we going to beat LA?
Enter Jayson Tatum, the 23 year old veteran who has shown the willingness, desire and tangibles to be a star just signed a 5 year extension for the Celtics, however the title hopes don’t look too bright even with Tristan Thompson signing. The Lakers are complete with a proven championship roster, an all world center who can ball handle and – oh yeah – the King. So by the time the Celtics young gun is up for another extension he will probably be wanting to chase a title of which the Lakers may have very well added on several more.
What should happen is the accumulation of talent to match the Lakers at every turn, a la the Red Sox/Yankees battles for free agents in the early 2000’s. The Celtics seem to be content with watching their reign as lifetime Champs of the NBA pass them by. The Celtics need to face the Lakers in the Finals several times in the next several years or else Boston will fall off to mediocrity that they became in the 1990s/2000s. The ’08 Big 3 Era and Danny Ainge fleecing the NBA shouldn’t be enough to hang our hats on much longer.
The Lakers, The Clippers, Denver, Miami, Golden State, The Raptors and even the 76ers and Nets are closer to the next title than the Celtics are as currently constructed. The coach is either coaching the players to play iso-ball or the players are taking it into their own hands year after year. The Celtics have come so close for many years now and something is bound to change. Boston is resting on their laurels of the ‘hot coach’ from a March Madness long ago. Their is no real veteran who commands the room, has the voice to get in the younger players faces and say ‘follow me I’ll will us to victory’ – what you have is Marcus Smart who is more of the older kid in the neighborhood who is going to talk sh%t and thinks he knows best, Tristan Thompson who is new to the room and has plenty of skeletons in his closet and a bunch of role players, how are they going to lead the two Prodigal Sons in Tatum and Brown who are more intellectual basketball players than any of the above mentioned veterans? (Run on sentence… sorry) I’ve long wanted a “Kendrick Perkins type” player who isn’t going to allow nonsense and bickering in the locker room and I hope that Thompson can become that. I hope that Kemba heals up, Tatum takes the reins on this offense and can dominate the rest of the league like he did to some dude here.
I got chills picturing that in a future with Banner 18 on the line. All frustrations put aside I’m excited for the moves the front office has made and I’m ready to watch Tatum take another leap forward and for the Celtics to be the first organization to 20 Banners.