Found March 03, 2013 on Celtics Life:
On the night of May 22, 2007 the fate of the Boston Celtics changed forever. That night in Seacaucas, New Jersey the NBA held it's draft lottery, and following a terrible 2006-07 season that saw the team lose 18 straight games on their way to a 24-58 record, the C's entered the lottery with an inside track on a top 2 pick. The reason that was so important? Well two franchise players just happened to be available, in Ohio State center Greg Oden, and Texas forward Kevin Durant. Both were considered franchise cornerstones, and their availability caused many Celtics fans (me included) to root against the team to improve their lottery position. When the C's shut down Paul Pierce late in the year with a "knee" injury - even better. Anything to lose enough games, and find our way into the top 2. But then May 22nd came around and screwed everything up. Boston, mathematically a favorite to land in the top 2 - instead fell to 5th, the lowest position possible. I ca...
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