"The only thing constant in life is change." - François de la Rochefoucauld

More than a day has passed since the dramatic turn of events that shocked the entire city of Boston and Celtic fans worldwide. Within 24 hours of the trade deadline, the Green and White community found themselves in a myriad of emotions that I think fans in other NBA teams would find hard to relate.

Danny Ainge struck a nerve in the epicenter of the Celtic core.

You've probably heard one side say express their disgust for what happened. Rebuilding (more like revamping) midway in the season wasn't something that all of us were expecting. More so, involving someone like Kendrick Perkins. Nate, I probably can take. As for Semih, wow. KG lost one mentee there.

And just like that, a lot have been questioning the validity of "It's All About 18". One even kidded that maybe the Celtics were referring to 2018, and not an 18th championship. Point taken. From one angle, it's seemingly looking that way.

Then there's the other side that says it was a good move by DA, because when you look at the bigger picture and come up with a thorough analysis ... Boston definitely needs a major shake-up. And someone to make the bold moves quickly. Danny's obviously not just preparing for this season, but two to three years down the road as well.  Their call is for everyone to relax, take it easy and let's first give this roster a test drive before we all come to our conclusions.

Which brings us to this present moment ... with our "enhanced" roster.

While I personally didn't like what happened, the only way I could get on with it is to accept it and move on. None of those "ifs", "buts", or "maybes". As someone said, "embrace the change because change is all you've got."

Now that's hard if you're a Boston Celtic fan. Because we don't just have players. We have a family. We are a brotherhood. And "losing" an old reliable and new hotshots hurts us to the bone. Whether or not it was a smart decision isn't the issue in this case. And I'm very sure the players and even the management know what I mean.

But we've got to embrace the change, regardless of whatever happened and will happen in the weeks to come. It's still an uphill climb and it doesn't get any better from here.

Most, if not all of us still have questions, concerns and valid arguments to make - but perhaps just possibly, we could reserve that for a later date (the offseason maybe?).

But not now. Not when we're still leading in the East, not when the Heat are rolling, not when the Knicks are "melo-ing", not when the Spurs and Mavs are running, not when Dwight Howard looks a bit more frightening, and not when Kobe's cuddling his all-star MVP trophy and smiling. The playoffs are just around the corner and we have a mission to accomplish. The Big 4 is still here to stay and along with their supporting cast, the Boston Celtics still have more than a valid shot at an 18th championship.

All of us will have to roll with the punches. The past is the past for now, but it can still haunt us back (translation: Perk might just find himself back in Beantown) ... But for now, we've got to get all those hints and theories out of the picture. We've got a title to win. And I'm not going to sit here wondering and whining all day on what might have been.

Whatever happens, as Doc Rivers said, we still do this together. Together, together, together!

For a united Boston Celtics. For Banner 18.

(p.s. to Perk, WHEN we win in the Finals, you're still going to get your ring.)

Gerald Alden 2/26/2011 01:20:00 AM Edit
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  1. celticfam wordaapp says:

    Awesome piece as usual. Great title

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  3. gosia says:

    agreed! exactly, together. thats why i got kinda pissed when necn or someone posted an article with a title 'the death of ubuntu', 'death'? coooome on.

  4. Hilary says:

    "Death of ubuntu" was a bit much. Jeff Green is a very ubuntu kind of player... he gracefully stepped into the background of the Durant/Westbrook show and played out of position because that was what was best for his OKC team. His teammates didn't want to let him go any more than Perk's teammates wanted to let HIM go.

    Green also fills a major need. The Celtics couldn't go into the the playoffs against Miami, Chicago, or even New York with no one behind Pierce. So instead of counting on there being a washed up old swingman in the buyout bin, Danny got himself a young, athletic swingman who was starting on a good playoff team.

    There actually are aspects of this deal that don't suck in the short term.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jeff Green is going to be great for us. Him and Rondo are going to be leading our fast breaks and jolt some excitement into the team. If Green can fill Posey's shoes and then some, we will be in great shape

  6. Anonymous says:

    Celtic Nation for life. Never give up on the C's no matter what. I know we all miss Perk but we have to keep pushing through Celtics all day

  7. GreenBlood23 says:

    Nice piece, I agree time to move on now and just save the 'i told you so' at the end of our season. Til then, time to just support this team with whoever they have. Banner 18 is never impossible as long we have games left to be played this year.

    People just see what happened with Perk as a single event, just that and fail to see the bigger picture. After the buy outs stage, we just get to be a more healthier team with the O'neals as the only two worries. That alone is an upgrade.

    Lol at the first anonymous poster.

    Nothing good to get from this? Trading Allen and using Wafer instead is better than trading Perk? Come one now, time to wake up. We had a great record, top of the east, without Perk and a bench that was never complete for long time and one of the top defensive team without Perk. You're comments are as funny as the one who started a thread on CelticsBlog saying Rondo should've been traded instead of Perk. *sigh...

  8. The Coach says:


    I really hope that was typo in your comment up top, there is no place for that on this site where we have fans from all different places and backgrounds.

    Keep those ignorant thoughts to yourself.

  9. RoswellSounds says:

    I don´t feel like, but I´ll have to agree with you, Gerald. NOthing gained crying, we have to pull up our fist and continue the movement. You know, keep flowing. ´cause if we don´t we are as good as dead in a couple of months..

    Grind it, C´s! 1 - 2 - 3 - UBUNTU!!!!!!!!

  10. Karl says:

    Nicely said. Jeff Green is a huge upgrade at SF over Marquis. The Perk deal will hurt us if we play the Magic or Lakers but might actually help us against other teams.

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