Early season performance by the Celtics portends a winter of discontent for the Boston Celtics faithful. Much as been written about where to go from here with this team. A lot of this seems to be the gut reaction to the product on the court, with arguments of what could have been if we had not traded Perk, or if we had drafted this player or that player. Some have even gone as far back as missing on Chauncey Billups. The irony is that if we make panic moves now we may in years to come lament the players that we throw away in this panic move (history does repeat itself).
The prudent thing to do at this point is to take a good look at the roster and see how it measures up on paper, because if it does then we must ask why the strength on paper is not reflected in productivity on the court. I suggest that the team is strong on paper, because I was excited by the roster that was put together by Danny Ainge. Why is the roster I was excited about not producing? I submit that is because the roster is not been managed or uitlized properly. The NBA is no longer a veterans league - it is a youth league - we must play our youth to keep up. The coaching staff must develop the young players and instill in them the confidence to play at this level. If this happens, the enthusiasm of the youth will transfer to the veterans and we will be able to squeeze out the remaining energy in our Big 3, but it is going to take an understanding from the coaching staff to get this done, otherwise the Celtics may be looking at a winter of discontent.