You probably already know this if you are reading this article. You have probably witnessed the glory of our franchise in different parts of its history: the most experienced fans may have watched live the likes of Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens and the plethora of outstanding individuals that brought us 13 of our 17 titles. Others may identify more easily with the success of the 80's Celtics, watching them beat the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers with passion, grit and toughness. You probably grew a Celtics fan at the end of that period, your baptism into the love for basketball was during those years in which wearing a #33 green jersey and shouting "Beat LA" was part of your everyday life. Then we were forced to travel through dark lands in which the future was not clear. He saw our heroes fade (Bird) and leave (Lewis), for several years we watched games in which the only reason to win was our pride. No matter the team record we fought for pride, for history and tradition. And finally glory came back, and we are about to make our road into a new dinasty for our Boston Celtics. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo...all these names will be joined to their predecessors.

We are Boston Celtics fans because we love to win, and we are faithful to our team no matter how many years we have to wait to reach our goals. This team represents the ultimate desire to overcome the most difficult tasks in order to achieve the ultimate goal of victory. No matter if a championship is a stake or just a regular season game in a not so successful season in the middle of the 90's. We care for the jersey, for the banners, for the parquet. We bleed green because we appreciate the hard work, the spirit of learning through the process and learning from our history. We don't care about individual records, we help the teammate feel important. We fight together to beat the odds of history, to prove everyone wrong. We hate the purple and gold because it shows the opposite values of our team: selfishness, superficiality, glamour, individual achievements, fame...they hate us because they know they will never be the best team of the NBA. The values and virtues of true winning are a part of the Boston Celtics and nobody will be able to take it away from us.

Phil Jackson will never be a better coach than Red Auerbach no matter how many rings he may get, and he knows this. He also knows that Doc Rivers is dominating him in the last two NBA finals: Doc is the perfect coach for the Celtics, teaching our players, us fans and the media how to make a team a winner. Phil coaches stars, Doc turns players into stars and makes the stars work together. Players want to play with Jackson because his hype makes them contenders, players want to play with Doc because he makes them better individuals and better players.

We love the Boston Celtics because this is a special and unique franchise and because we remain together. This franchise has always worked as its current team has shown: through defense, team oriented play and brutal mental toughness. No one is tougher than the Boston Celtics, no matter how perilous the journey is the team manages to overcome mainstream overhyped stars (Lebron, Kobe...) and their own set of difficulties (age, injuries...). The history of the Celtics is the history of the combination of mental toughness, talent and desire to win as a team. You can see glimpses of the presence of KC Jones in Doc Rivers, the magic of Red Auerbach in Danny Ainge, the leadership and pride of Larry Bird in Paul Pierce, the inside presence and ultimate defensive winning attitude of Bill Russell in Kevin Garnett. You can see how Rajon Rondo is already the present and future of this franchise that will always fight until the last breath, that will not cease to fight no matter what the circumstances are.

We are a mirror of our history, and our history is all about championships. It's a history of players loving to play for the green, of former players becoming fans of current players, of coaches becoming fans of history and fans becoming coaches of history. Ours is the history of learning the tradition of winning as a team, letting the dream alive for years, the flame of victory never fading away.

Let's bring #18 to the rafters. Forever proud to be a Boston Celtics fan.

Bohemian 6/13/2010 05:56:00 AM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    this makes me wanna cry... nice piece...

  2. tb727 says:

    Outstanding article Bohemian

  3. JR says:

    First off I absolutely love that pic of Red, Cousy, Tommy, Hondo, and Larry. Second of all, I absolutely love Bohemian's writing. Third of all... well there is no third of all, but the first two were big.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great piece! So true in everyway!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The paragraph you talk about Phil, is absurd.
    I know its and opinion but please next time when you talk about the Lakers especially certain individuals then please have your fact straight, because first of all Doc Rivers don't have bums on his team either...and plus he didn't even win one until he got KG and Ray Allen...i mean i'm a Laker fan but i'm also a NBA fan so i keep up with all teams and yes Phil has coach stars but those stars weren't able to win until he got there starting with the Jordan's, Pippen's, Shaq's and yes Kobe...so all i'm saying is, its a cool article but keep your fact correct...because i could rip and rant about how better my Lakers are, and how they'd been the better team the last decade and this decade to come....

  6. Jenda says:

    Bohemian, I see great deal of pride and glory in your articles. The type of glory so desperately lacking in the words of LA fans - yes, even the "big shots": http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2010/06/11/thompson-on-big-show-celts-arent-as-talented/

    PS: Read the McHale interview as well for a proper measure of former Lakers/ former Celtics manners.

  7. EvZilla says:

    Beautifully written piece. Win or lose I'll always be a loyal and dedicated Celtics fan.I'll be sorely disappointed if we don't win b/c I feel when we play the right way we're the best team in the league, even better than 2008. But I hope no matter what we give 1,000%.

  8. Bohemian says:

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments! :) I can't wait for the game to start, we need to win!

    To the anonymous Lakers fan: Doc Rivers was coach of the year with a quite mediocre Orlando Magic team and had quite success. Then he also coached the Celtics when Ricky Davis and Raef Lafrentz were starters of this team...even if we didn't have a good team we made it to the playoffs and we played over the expectations. Tell me, when was the last time Jackson didn't have Jordan, Shaq, Kobe or Gasol on his team? When was the last time he didn't have one of the top 3 superstars in the league? I think only during the period between Jordan's first retirement in Chicago...and even then, he also had Scottie Pippen who was another NBA star and he also had Horace Grant, BJ Armstrong, Toni Kukoc...not "bums" either.
    Overall, you can't compare those Jordan-less Bulls with the Celtics pre-Big 3 or the Orlando Magic of a decade ago...

    My fact is straight. Saying that next decade will be Laker is not following any facts, just wishful thinking. As for last decade one could also argue that the Spurs were also in the discussion. As a team, I would prefer San Antonio collective effort...

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  10. Jenda says:

    Tim Duncan and David Robinson? Hellyeah!
    Plus wouldn't the difference in the luxury tax (I think that's what it's called) be helpful in the comparison?

  11. Bohemian says:

    Exactly Jenda, the Lakers have always had one of the best payrolls in the league.

    And those Spurs also had Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili...and Popovich as a great coach.

  12. Karl says:

    They need to sign you to a book deal. Nicely done!

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