Found July 26, 2012 on Red's Army:
The Celtics generate a lot of revenue.  As a big market team with a massive following, they make a bunch of money… and they will spend it on their roster if they have to. Mark Deeks at ShamSports.com put together a very comprehensive listing of every dollar every team paid in the luxury tax in the nine years it’s been in use.  Here are the relevant highlights: The Celtics have paid $46,094,213 in luxury taxes.  All but one of those taxpaying years came in the Big 3 era.  The Celtics have paid $44,500,147 in the new Big 3 era. The New York Knicks are BY FAR the biggest taxpayers, having paid more than $195 million in luxury taxes.  What did they get in that amount of time for that amount of money?  Two wining seasons and ONE playoff win.   Not one series.  ONE GAME. Dallas is second with about $150 million, but at least they’ve been competitive for a while and they won a title.  There’s at least some justification there. Portland sneaks in there at third, but that was just because ...
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