This week for the Boston Celtics is going to be a trip down memory lane as Boston will take on the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the two future hall of famers that along with Ray Allen, brought banner 17 to Boston in 2008. The 17th championship is the only one in the 21st century and the Celtics also got within striking distance of more with The Truth and KG in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but they fell short in both those years. KG and Pierce were famously shipped to Brooklyn in the offseason for a bundle of future picks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, and MarShon
Doc Rivers, the long-time coach of the Celtics, was with the Boston organization from 2004-2013. His tenure as head coach for the C's through the hard times of the early 2000s and eventually the 2008 championship run with the big three. After KG and Pierce went to Brooklyn, Doc Rivers decided to take his talents to LA to chase another championship with the Clippers. Doc Rivers will definitely embrace his former players when the Clippers come to town on Wednesday. Doc will most likely get a long standing ovation from the Boston Garden faithful.
Both the Clippers and Nets have been struggling mightily this season and I guarantee that neither team will win the NBA championship within the next 5 years. The trade for Pierce and KG seems to be working out great, for the Celtics got some really good players and a ton of great draft picks because the Nets are so bad.
While the losses of Doc, KG, and Pierce were bitter at the time, it seems that Danny Ainge knew what he was doing and he was thinking for the future. The trades are starting to make more sense as this season progresses, but Celtics fans will be reminiscent of the past this week when we take a walk down memory lane.