Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/18/14

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky shoots the ball around the reach of Glen Davis #34 of LSU during the game on January 22, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 89-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Imagine your favorite basketball player is Rajon Rondo.  You love absolutely everything about him from the thread-the-needle passes to the fact that his picture proudly graces the top of Celticslife (along with Larry Bird).  You're young and impressionable and Rajon can't do any wrong.  Now imagine, if on your birthday of all days, he suddenly dies.  How crushed would you be? I make this (depressing) analogy mostly for our younger readers, who perhaps don't even recall Reggie's time on the Celtics.  Because 20 years ago today, that person was me.  Reggie Lewis was my Rajon Rondo.  If Len Bias' death took the entire Celtics' franchise down with him, Reggie's death legitimately nailed and shut the Celtics' casket of relevancy. When Bias died I was the tender age of 7.  Naively I thought "it's ok, the draft will just be done over, right?  And the Celtics can pick a new guy?"  When Lewis died, it was crystal clear: my favorite player died, on my birthday no-less.  Is there a crueler t...
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