Re: What set us back in the 1990s
posted at 2/14/2014 11:26 PM EST
In response to Fiercy's comment:
When Bird retired, the Celts tried to keep making the playoffs.
Celtics management also didn't try to get anything for McHale or Parish via trade.
Instead of rebuilding immediately, the Celtics signed guys like Xavier McDaniel and a 35-year old Dominique Wilkins.
The Celtics wasted 3 years by signing those players.
Eventually the Celts hit rock bottom in 1997.
Danny Ainge is doing the right thing by doing the opposite of what the Celtics management in the 1990s did.
Being a middle of the pack team or an 8th seed is worse than being a lottery team.
That's why I don't think it makes sense if the Celts don't get rid of Hump and Bass on or before the trade deadline.
Keeping both Hump and Bass, or just one of them, will make the Celts a better team, but better is not good at this stage of the rebuilding process.
Every time the Celts play a team like the Spurs or Pacers the Celtics get exposed.
The Celts just don't have the star power, shooters, and a quality Center.
Guys like Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Larry Sanders, and Gordon Hayward will not put the Celts on the same level with the elite teams of the NBA today.
The Celts are going to be a lottery team this season and next season.
I agree with your premise , until the last sentence.....the Celtics WILL NOT be a lottery team next season.
Ainge will churn the bottom half of the roster before the deadline , add a couple more core players plus assets , then on Draft Night , Ainge will spend whatever assets he has to get two of the top ten players in the draft.....meaning the Celtics will make the playoffs next season, the rebuild will essentially be complete on Draft Night 2014
I think Fiercy needs to open the windows and get a bit of fresh air.....too much pessimism and negativity ! I call it the New England Curse.....