Happy New Year! These are the Celtics stories I most enjoyed telling in 2017 — a year as eventful as I can remember, bridging two likable rosters, both led by a coach who will be remembered as one of the best in franchise history.
Criticism of Horford was never more prevalent than when the Celtics trailed the Bulls 0-2 in the first round of the 2017 playoffs, so I tried my best to explain why the “Average Al” label is ridiculous, and the lesson still applies.
In one of the most memorable games I’ve ever seen, Thomas scored 53 points in victory with a busted jaw on his sister’s 23rd birthday, two weeks after her death and three days after delivering the eulogy at her funeral.
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals — the time “a 7-foot hippy” with a man bun etched his name in Celtics lore — was one wild night.
Bradley was one of my favorite Celtics of this century, and here’s why.
On the 10th anniversary of the Kevin Garnett trade, I talked to Danny Ainge about what KG meant to the C’s and how he resurrected the organization.
I spoke to Bird’s 1986 Celtics teammates Bill Walton, Kevin McHale and Rick Carlisle about what made Larry Legend so special and why he still would be a quarter-century later. Walton, in particular, was a delight. All I had to do was mention Bird’s name and not interrupt as he held court for half an hour.
Making sense of the Isaiah Thomas trade. Related:
I will miss IT, but man, Kyrie is fun to watch, too.
I can’t remember the last time the Celtics had two young players with this much potential at the same time. Bird and McHale? I wanted to find out how we got to the point where this is the comparisons we’re already making.
I talked to Al about transforming his game, adjusting to a new system and his new training regimen — all of which has him playing his best basketball.
Cheers to making 2018 even better. Happy New Year!