Woulda-coulda-shoulda. History is history.
Here's a little rant about a pet peeve of mine.
Celtics fans complaining that "if we had KG we'd be working on a three-peat."
Lakers fans complaining that "if we had Bynum and Ariza in 08 we'd be working on a three-peat."
Well you didn't. Get over it.
I'll say this once. The Lakers deserved their Championship last year. Would we have been in the Finals with a healthy KG? Probably. But that doesn't mean it is a slam dunk we'd have won. Would the Lakers have been a more difficult foe in 08 at full health? Sure, but that doesn't guarantee that they would have overcome the Celtics.
Every team has injuries. Every team wears down by the end of the year. Luck plays a huge part in every single Championship. But the Champion still gets crowned at the end.
Thankfully, the issue is somewhat moot. We are lucky enough to have another crack at the Lakers. Whoever wins this series is virtually out of excuses. Sure the Lakers have an injured Bynum but he's still playing. We've got guys limping and playing through back pain too. That's life.
The Celtics and Lakers are tied up 2 games apiece. The better team will win. I think it will be the Celtics but that's why they play the games.
If the Celtics win the Lakers won't have to give back thier rings from last year. If the Lakers win you won't see us bringing the 08 banner down from the rafters. History is history. The next few games will determine who takes the next page in the history books.