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Seven Reasons the 5th pick is Awesome

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7. Danny Ainge might finally get exposed. In fairness I will consider the case for Ainge before knocking his credentials:


  • He has a knack for finding talent in the draft. Al Jefferson is the prime example. Gerald Green might join him someday. Rajon Rondo could be special. Give credit where credit is due.
  • Red liked him and he was a part of the Celtics' most recent glory years.
  • He made two ill-fated trades that brought overpaid guys with sketchy health (Raef LaFrentz and Wally Szczerbiak) to town.
  • Gave Mark Blount the contract that the team soon wanted to escape.
  • His plan to gather as much young talent as possible and then make trades to build a winning team has been mocked by any number of people.
  • Should really be going by Dan at this point in his life.
  • Paid a lot of money for Brian Scalabrine.
  • Helped build the current Pistons team with his role in the Rasheed Wallace trade. To this day no one really knows why.
6. Doc Rivers might finally get exposed. In fairness I will consider the case for Doc before knocking his credentials:


  • His players like him.
  • He is good with the media.
  • Is a good family man.
  • Played with Dominique.
  • Not a strong advocate for establishing a rotation and roles.
  • Has a less than impressive win/lose record. I don't feel like looking it up.
  • Not afraid to make excuses.
  • Seems more like a salesman than a coach.
  • At no point last season did I think, "Wow this is a well coached team."
5. The bandwagon is not overcrowded.

If the Celtics were relevant again we'd have to deal with all the people who stopped following the Sox and Patriots when Johnny Damon and Adam Vinatieri left town. You know who you are. At least we know everyone following the team from this point forward is legit. Of course there is a decent chance that this debacle has turned off a good chunk of the real fans.  

4. That's what you get.

I don't believe in karma all that much. But I think there is some justice that the Celtics were screwed. Consider the way Ainge, Bill Simmons, some parts of the fan base, and the FSN studio guys acted this year. At least be discreet about it. I feel like I tried to avoid celebrating and openly rooting for losses. I'll go back through the archives at some point and see if I have to be lumped in with the people I already mentioned. Either way, those are the breaks.

3. John Belushi

No I'm not saying we should do drugs. Think Animal House:

"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing's over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! And it ain't over now. Cause when the going gets tough...the tough get going! Who's with me? Let's go! Come on!"

2. Redemption.

This one is important. Boston fans can finally make up for the way they behaved while cheering for the Sox up until 2004. Let's make a stand right now and avoid all the "woe is me" crap. Celtics fans should accept absolutely zero pity. When the C's were kicking ass and taking names people did not feel bad for them. In fact there is nothing more condescending than being the object of another's pity. Let's have some pride and avoid all talk of curses and so on. I feel strongly about this one.

1. It's a deep draft.

It's not just Kevin Durant and Greg Oden. In fact, blah blah blah. Okay I don't even believe this one. This whole exercise is futile. There is nothing good about getting the fifth pick. But I mean the part about avoiding pity.