To me, the Celts' situation seems pretty clear.
The last 6 years have been wonderful. But they are over. The Pierce-Garnett Celtics are not going to make a serious run at a championship. I think we all know that.
What they can do is mount a laboring facsimile of contention. And, to me, that's not worth a helluva lot. Do you really hope that we go into next year's playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed knowing that we have little chance of Round 2? Is that really worth while?
The brutal truth is that the Garnett era has cost the C's. The only piece of a meaningful we added in that era is Green, and he cost us Perkins and probably has a ceiling anyway.
Each year, we have propped the "window" open with dowel rods and duct tape, generally by adding more aging has-beens. Every year, we have slid a bit further into senescence.
I want it to stop. I want to take on the challenge of rebuilding. It's going to happen anyway. The sooner the better.
Let Ainge face the challenge of re-building. If he is successful, great. If not, let's move on. I only hoipe we don;t face another 2 decades of irrelevance.
I love Paul Pearce. He is one of my favorite C's of all time. When I think of him, Whitman's "Captain, My Captain" line stirs my heart strings.
But I love the C's more. And it's time for the next generation. The only result of trying to hang onto a lost opportunity will be more wasted years delaying the challenge of rebuilding.