I remember the summer of 2007 like it was yesterday. I was just 12 going on 13 and was an avid NBA fan but I actually had not admired any team for all my life. I knew players names by heart because I had spent countless hours playing NBA video games. When I heard that Kevin Garnett was going to Boston, I looked at the Celtics, the Truth, Sugar Ray, Larry Bird and all the names and championships that are associated with that team and it captured me and from then on, I knew I would never turn my back on this team. Win or lose that year, I would continue to root for them. When the playoffs began that year, I had never actually watched a series since I was about 8. I remember how excited I was to see the Garden so pumped when they played the Hawks. When the series was tied 3-3, people were talking about what a disappointment it would be if they lost in the first round. But I just knew that they would succeed and they did. Then they went on to beat the Cavs and the Pistons to reach the NBA mountaintop with a date with destiny against the Lakers. This was very emotional for me because Kobe was one of my favorite players as a kid. One game that stood out to me in particular was Game 4. The Celtics were down big early in the first quarter and I couldn't bear to watch the game. I was so sad and thought why why did it have to be against the Lakers. Then i turned on the tv and saw that the Celtics had taken a 1 point lead. I was jumping for joy and realized how the Celtics were the true definition of a team that can withstand adversity. They went on to win it all and we all know the story after that. In 2009, I'm so glad that I didn't die after experiencing overtime after overtime in what is arguably the greatest 1st round series I've ever seen. They lost that year but they were still my team. I had hope for the next season. The next year, I remember how every single reporter especially Magic Johnson ruled them out since the beginning of the season. "They were too old" or "LeBron is too good". But the C's shocked the world and had a rematch with the Lakers once again in the Finals. In what I rank as one of the saddest moments in my life was when the final buzzer of game 7 rang. I cried and cried that night and the thought of "what if we had perk" ran through my mind all summer. But they were still my team and I was still looking forward to next year. In 2011 the team dealt Perk and after a convincing first round win against the Knick, the Heat would burn out the Celtics and reporters were "sure" that this was the last they had seen of the bIG 3. But they were still my team and I was confident that the Celtics had one last bullet in their chamber. When the 2012 season began, my family and I per my request took a week long trip to Boston in January. There is no doubt in mind that I will one day return to that glorious city whether to live or visit, I don't know yet, but what I do know is it was my favorite vacation ever. I got to see a game at the Garden and I witnessed Gino the jumbotron. It seemed that this year reporters were sure once again that the Celtics might not even make the playoffs. But through injuries, injuries, and more injuries they showed how strong and how much will they had. When playoffs came and the Celtics beat the Hawks and Sixers, KG made known that he could still play and Rondo showed everybody he was a superstar. I had high hopes for them but I told myself I'd be ready for the worst i.e. the Heat humiliated the Celtics. The Celtics Heat series went a full 7 games and the celtics showed billions of people that they were dead wrong about them. I believe that LeBron said it best "you can never relax against this team". After Game 7, I cried knowing that it is the end of the Big 3 era and so I snuck out of my house and yelled, "why couldn't you guys just get to the finals" I drove around town for probably an hour when slowly I realized all the joy that this team has brought me in the last 5 years. Even though I saw 2 heartbreaking game 7 losses, all in all, I'm not as sad anymore about these losses after last night. The reason simply is that the Celtics will always be my team no matter how many Game 7’s they lose. Lastly, I want to thank KG, Ray Allen, Rondo, Pierce, Doc, and all the rest (Perkins, Bass, Green, Scal, Eddie House, Posey, PJ Brown, Pietrus and even Jermaine O'Neal etc) for showing me what Celtic Pride was. I want to thank them for being such a big part of my life for the last 5 years.Celtic pride is a lot more than the pride the team has when they win, it is about the pride that the fans show even when they win or lose. So going along with the motto of Celtic Pride, the Celtics have and will always be my team and though they face a wild offseason, I'm confident and optimistic for next year. I became a Celtic fan when I was 12years old and I feel that last night I became a true Celtic fan(I’m now 16). I don’t know what will happen in the future with my other sports teams that I cheer for(most of them are boston teams) but I do know this, I will be a true Celtic fan until the day I die!!! #Celtics4Life #IAMACELTIC #CELTICPRIDE
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