Video: Celtics introduce the new batch of temporary players
The Celtics introduced Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and Brandan Wright Friday night following the Celtics win over the Wolves. Not exactly 34, 5, and 20 huh? Nice numbers. So we can't entice free agents with a contending team or warm weather, but they can get high taxes and their choice of numbers in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
Next year will mark 1 championship in 30 years for a team that you used to average a championship every 2 years. Worth noting that no one has even worn #20, since Ray Allen left. So even though Allen only won one ring in Boston, was only the 3rd or 4th best player on that championship team, played only a handful of years here, and was a better player in Milwaukee and Seattle, the team must be considering retiring his number. Because of course the only way to honor a former player is to prohibit any future player from wearing the same number he wore? Right.
Time for the Celtics to stop worrying about retiring numbers and get back to having a contending team. This spring will be seven years since the 2008 title and we are years away from even thinking about contending. All the draft picks in the world don't mean anything unless you pick the right guys. If you use your picks on J.R. Giddens, Fab Melo and JaJuan Johnson, you'd have been better off with no picks. There are steals late in every draft. Jimmy Butler, Marc Gasol, and DeAndre Jordan to name a few guys Danny passed on.
So sorry if I'm not so excited about a few more temporary Celtics wearing oddball numbers. Stopping living on that 1 championship in 11 years here Danny and bring in some new stars. Whether through the draft, free agency, or trades. Right now even the 76ers have a brighter future than us. Somehow they were able to get Nerlens Noel and an additional lottery pick for Jrue Holiday, while you only could acquire a very late future 1st for Rajon Rondo. I know your boss (owners) love you and you have the most job security out of any GM in the league, but can you at least pretend that you're trying to build a contending team and you're on the hoot seat? Though I at least give you credit for refusing to have your #44 retired after the 2008 season, despite the front office's wishes. Like you wore #44 when you made the KG trade or something. I mean otherwise Tyler Zeller would be forced to wear #444 right now and only the three handed refs would be ok with that.