Now that the dust has settled on the remembrance of the late, great Reggie Lewis, one question still remains: did Red Auerbach really hold onto his Big Three too long?
It's been a long held belief that Red should have traded Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish while they still had some value to help the Celtics rebuild for their next championship run. The logic seems sound as it took Boston a very long time after the original Big Three retired for the Celtics to become title contenders again. But after watching his documentary and reading all the glowing things people are saying about Lewis, the "held on too long" story seems to be missing an important piece.
It could simply be a case of romanticizing the past, but from all accounts, Lewis was a legit superstar on the rise.
Here are just a couple examples from ESPN's Jackie MacMullen:
By the time he died, he was one of six players who, from 1988-93, posted at least 7,500 points, 1,500 rebounds, 1,000 assists and 500 steal...