You see what I did there? I blended a Brady Bunch reference with a Patriots tie-in to make a point about the Celtics upcoming season. I'm so clever sometimes. And humble, always humble.
You probably knew this was coming. What can we "learn" from the Tom Brady situation? Well, nothing we didn't know already. But what can we be reminded by here? Well, the obvious answer is "anything can happen, and when it happens to your best player, it could all go up in smoke real, real fast."
This team played admirably last year when KG went down with an abdominal issue. But subtract KG for any length of time, and you have the makings of a very average team. Probably good enough to make the playoffs and lose in the first or second round.
Same could be said for Paul Pierce. His defense was underrated for much of last year and he's the one guy on the team that you can count on night in and night out to create offense.
Losing Ray Allen would hurt as well, though admittedly less than the other two. Subtracting Ray takes the team from being a title contender to being a good playoff team.
But injuries can happen to anyone at any time. There's nothing you can do about it besides try to keep people in good physical condition and make sure you have some depth at every position.
We'll go into a detailed analysis of the depth charts in the coming weeks and months, but suffice it to say that no amount of depth would replace the productivity of our best players.
So the last take-away from today's "lesson" is this: Don't forget just how special last year was. Everything fell perfectly into place and even the things that didn't go well, were overcome by talent, timing, and a little bit of luck. Enjoy the memory.