Garnett and Pierce have brought plenty of smiles to Boston fans in their 6 years together.
Well this is it. Yes, with the Game 6 loss against the Knicks the Boston Celtics run is finally over as we know it. Despite a valiant attempt at a comeback, the Celtics once again fell short as they just simply ran out of gas. Their age finally caught up to them, like I predicted it finally would; it just happened a game later than originally thought. The lesson here is: Father Time never loses and the Celtics staved it off as long as it could.
This isnt meant to be an obituary and a somber day by any means. Let us remember the good times from 2007 all the way up until this season where the grit and effort was there from this team game in and game out with Garnett Pierce, and Allen giving us Celtic fans something to cheer about and having a very likeable cast of characters to be able to get behind. The championship banner, the exhilarating playoff runs, the Garnett catch phrases (bar fight, anything is possible, just to name a couple) and all the drama that kept us on the edge of our seats for the better part of 6 years.
So what is the future of this team? Well you may be thinking to yourself, Garnett and Pierce can still come back next year and this run may not be over yet. I would say to those people that yes, it can be possible they return with KG having 2 more years under contract and Pierce having 1 more season. I would say it is very unlikely they would be around though. KG is seriously pondering retirement and Pierce is a prime candidate to be bought out (he is only guaranteed 5 million of his 13 million dollar salary next season) and if he goes, Garnett will understandably leave also. This is a team that isnt going to be a championship contender next season, it is best to move on and finally begin the rebuilding process. Garnett and Pierce deserve to be on a team that they can compete for a championship as a bench player, something that I don’t believe either would particularly enjoy here( much like Allen, leaving to go to another team to come off the bench as opposed to being demoted on the Celtics.)
Danny Ainge once criticized Red Auerbach for holding onto the original Big Three (Bird, McHale, Parish) far past their expiration date and swore he wouldn’t have made the same mistake. It’s finally time to go through the stage none of us wanted to, and none of us were looking forward to. It’s time for rebuilding to begin, whether that is during the offseason, or making moves at the trade deadline when the values of players will be at their highest point. The writing is on the wall. It’s time to let go. Thank you for the good run and for both Pierce and KG, im sure their numbers will be ‘retired’ whenever they decide to call it quits.