Sometimes, the sands of time seem to be accidental, some other times the word coincidence comes to our minds. In this case, maybe there is a magic hand moving all of what happened at the beginning of the 2003/04 season.
November 2003 marks the beginning of Danny Ainge's rookie year as GM of the franchise. Without Danny Ainge, there would probably not be any of the players that belong to our franchise now. That season was marked by the Antoine Walker trade to Dallas for Raef LaFrentz and some other corpses (as TB would say ;). Back then, Danny admitted it was a step back in the aspirations of the team but a step forward in the future of the franchise. He had a vision for this team, and the famous ideal was starting to build in his mind. The team was starting to regenerate, to get rid of bad contracts (Walker, Baker...) and in search of young talents for the team. Most of those talents were collected, taught and prepared to be sent in future trades with the expiring contracts that the team had, such as LaFrentz (which would turn into Ratliff and later into Garnett) or Ricky Davis (who would turn into Wally and later into Ray Allen). Some of those talents would stay long enough to participate and be part of the glory of 2007, as was the case of Kendrick Perkins, a just arrived prospected arrived from Texas. But as the young and raw Perkins of November 2003 the Celtics team would need to wait some time to become real.
Here comes the funny part of the story: Doc was the chosen coach way before he was officially signed in April 2004. By then, the two minds involved in the genesis of the team were working in full strength to build the future champion that we all admire now. Doc had a whole year to evaluate talents in the league and so did Ainge who had already targeted a young Rajon Rondo whose team - the Oak Hill Academy- had a 38-0 record that year. As documented previously, Rondo scored 55 points in a game in Spain that year against Sergio Rodriguez, current New York Knick. We all know that Doc Rivers was in love with the selection of Tony Allen in the draft of 2004, having impressed in Oklahoma State during the 2003-04 season in which they made the Final Four.
The Boston Celtics are somehow a mix of the experience of the Lakers, the talent and athleticism of the Wolves and the guts and fearless attitude of the Pistons...with the special addition of some fresh home cooked products as Rondo, Allen, Perkins and Baby Davis. This team may have been born in the first images of Danny Ainge's vision for the mighty Boston Celtics. Bohemian 5/30/2010 07:20:00 PM Tweet