Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a Celtics fan. Although he’s from Buffalo, my father set me up beautifully for championships within the first quarter of my life – he chose the Celtics and the Red Sox as his basketball and baseball teams over the bumbling Knicks and those fuckdicks in pinstripes. At 10 years old, I watched my favorite player, Kevin Garnett, triumphantly scream “anything is possible” after winning his long deserved first championship ring with the Boston Celtics. I was at the infamous Rondo spinning behind-the-back pass to Ray Allen in the corner. I was 6 rows back from courtside when Jeff Green dunked Derrick Favors into Middle Earth for a 15 win Celtics squad. I even sat through all those miserable Paul Pierce vs Stephon Marbury games, when the final score would total less than 140. This team has been my lifeblood, something I could always count on and look forward to for my 22 years of life.
I say all of this with a heavy heart, as today I have decided to part ways with the Boston Celtics organization as a fan.
This decision is not spur of the moment, as I just cannot take any more of Danny Ainge. The man gets too much credit for trading with the only general manager in the NBA that was worse than him at his job. Those Brooklyn picks gifted us Jayson Tatum. That’s it. (Jaylen Brown was selected with the Celtics’ own pick in the 2016 draft.) Time and time again, Ainge has failed to pull the trigger on deals that would finally put the Celtics over the hump and back into championship contention once again. It started 2 summers ago, where he failed to exchange some of his plethora of young talent for Kawhi Leonard, who would eventually carry the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title and take home Finals MVP. The summer after, he failed to use THAT SAME TALENT to acquire Anthony Davis, who will go down as one of the best to ever play the game. This week, he failed to pull the trigger on a sign and trade deal that would send Gordon Hayward to Indiana in exchange for Myles Turner – a center with a sweet stroke from beyond the arc and a tenacity unlike many others on defense. Turner would have been exactly what this Celtics roster needed to finally break their Conference Finals plateau and play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy once again. Ainge got greedy, asked Indiana for too much, and Hayward left for Charlotte without a handshake in return. These are not moves that winning franchises make, which has led me to believe that the Boston Celtics will never win another NBA Championship while Danny Ainge occupies the General Manager seat. Under Ainge, I feel like the Celtics are content with coming in second or third in the conference, and I am not content with being content.
The past few summers, I have watched literally every other team in the association make moves to try to improve their roster every offseason. In these summers, Danny Ainge has done nothing to fill the holes on the Celtics roster, and even brought in Enes “The Matador” Kanter, who might just be the worst basketball player in the Milky Way. It’s this lack of effort or even attempt at effort, that brings me to this decision today.
So I would like to say thank you Boston. Thank you for the highs. Getting to watch Marcus Smart every night has been an absolute treat. Thank you for the lows. As heartbreaking as the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals were, I got to watch the best player to ever play dominate in a way we’ve never seen before. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for spurring my love for basketball. But most of all, thank you for giving me 2 and a half hours every other night where I could tune out the world and tune in to Tommy Hienshon (rest in paradise) and Mike Gorman discuss what the boys in kelly green and white would need to do to pull out another W. You will always have a special place in my heart.
A Former Lifelong Celtics Fan
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Jaylen Brown was actually selected with a Brooklyn pick… Also Ainge realized how bad Markelle was, didn’t tank his stock but instead traded down to take his guy all along PLUS ended up adding Romeo Langford, a young stud with NBA Def 1st Team potential. Let’s not even talk about his genius when it comes to leapfrogging teams in the draft (trading Tybulle’s pick away for the picks that led to Grant Will and Carsen Edwards-one pick before Philli in the 2nd round who had a ton of confirmed interest in Edwards).
Gordo outright signed in Charlotte. Sure the Celtics could have S&T him to Indiana for Turner+Dougie buckets but this all relies on Gordon saying yes as well as Indiana. If he doesn’t want to sign in Indi, no S&T can happen, which of course occurred as Cha offered more annually and $20 mil more in total- a number Indiana wasn’t willing to match. That being said, Danny’s still working on a S&T with Charlotte (obviously u wouldn’t know that as Nick Wright must be you’re only source for Boston news) and still made some great deals for Teague and TT. Oh and please don’t bring up Bogdonavic as a Danny whiff cause there was a negative% he would sign in Boston with our cap restrictions.
Take all this Danny slander outta your mouth and if not signing G to a $30 million deal until he’s 34 is the straw that broke the camels back, you don’t deserve to be a celtics fan. Take this shit ass blog down and let a real c’s fan, Shane, shine the light that is a pretty decent offseason.
(Oh and we took the best shooter in the draft at 14 overall, 50+% on 8+ 3 point attempts per game, where all the complainers that danny doesn’t care about shooting and just wants gritty defenders with athleticism)
Act your age and let Danny- man genius- Ainge do his job he’s been so great at for over almost 2 decades now.
Oh and we couldn’t trade for AD since him and Kyrie were both signed under the Rose Rule for 2018-19, meaning only one of them was allowed to be rostered for any restpective team under that contact. We could’ve traded for him post-Kyrie leaving but that makes no sense to trade for Tatum when AD would just leave 1 year later (same answer to ur stupid Kawhi should’ve been in boston take). So yes, I’d rather have 10 years of JT rather than a chance at a ring for ONE single year.
Please gain some NBA and basketball knowledge if you even want to actually be a sports writer. On behalf of Beantown, it’s fucking embarrassing to see this shit u post.