Originally written June 11, 2012 on TheProBasketballTalk:
I was born in Massachusetts towards the end of the Larry Bird era. Never saw him play live. Only stepped inside of the old Boston Garden one time and it was to see Disney on Ice. There wasn't much of a reason for me to be a Boston Celtics fan. My dad was, so I was. The team didn't give me much of reason. The deterioration of Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish, the untimely deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis and some woeful drafting and management led to two decades of rooting for the losers for me. I remember my childhood, watching the other kids gush over Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal while I was busy forcing myself to look up to names like Dino Radja, Xavier McDaniel, Pervis Ellison and Eric Williams. Finding excitement watching a decaying Dominique Wilkins wear green trying to rekindle his Hawks success.  I remember transitioning into adulthood by painting the "C" in "RICKY" on my chest to support Ricky Davis in his effo...
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