There are teams out there, a lot of them actually, that search for years and years to find All Star level players. Some fans of other teams consider themselves lucky to make the playoffs and get a taste of the postseason. With that as a backdrop, it is always nice to stop and take a step back and appreciate how spoiled we've been - both in recent history (and they are making history) and franchise history (goes without saying, but that's the point here; we should say it once in a while).
We're blessed to be Celtics fans. This is the greatest NBA franchise ever. Period. This latest era only adds to that legacy and makes it all the more sweet for the latest generation of fans. To be able to witness three (maybe 4 depending on how the rest of Rondo's career plays out) Hall of Famers play large chunks of their career in Boston, competing year in and year out for a title and getting at least one in the process, ...that's something truly special. There's really no non-corny way to say it. We're just really lucky to have been a part of all this.
Jason Terry can't help but feel the same way.
"When you’ve been around as long as Paul and Kevin, and play at a high level like they have, you’re going to be amongst greatness," Terry said. "That’s what all of those milestones mean. They’re two of the chosen few who are great. "No question this whole ride has been special," he added. "Competing against those two all of these years, and then to be on the same team as them, and seeing the game stop for them (Wednesday), and hearing the crowd cheer, it’s just a special feeling."
It can be easy to miss the forest for the trees sometimes and get caught up in short term goals. Likewise it can be easy to start focusing on the future while forgetting about the present for a moment. Either way, it is nice to have a chance to pause, take a deep breath, and soak it all in.
Despite the way he left town, we got to watch Ray Allen drain clutch threes for years.
We get to watch Kevin Garnett redefine defense and make history every night.
We've had the chance to watch Paul Pierce grow up and become an all time great, right before our very eyes.
We witnessed Banner 17 and several exciting, deep playoff runs.
Leading up to St. Patrick's Day, it only seems appropriate that we remind ourselves of one simple truth.