Longtime trainer Ed Lacerte calling it quits, too

Ed Lacerte, longtime athletic trainer for the Boston Celtics, has elected to leave the team before the start of next season.

This last season was his thirtieth with the team, with him serving as the NBA's longest tenured athletic trainer, so long he was the trainer for the "Dream Team" representing the United States in the 1992 Olympics...an achievement he arrived at after a half-decade with the team under his belt at that time. To put that in perspective a little better, Brad Stevens, the current coach of the Celtics, was ten years old when Ed joined the team. The oldest player on the roster - Al Horford - was literally still in diapers.

No other current Celtic was even alive when he joined Boston.

It's an understatement of epic proportions to say that the last team member from the Larry Bird era not in a front office position leaving the team is a significant event, and it - along with 14-year Celtics veteran Brian Doo's departure - is not for mere coincidence. The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett reports significant change is coming to the team's sports science program, and each of these two opted to depart over taking a lesser role going forward.

What shape that change will take will likely become clearer in the coming days and weeks, but for now, let's all take a moment to salute Mr. Lacerte for his decades of amazing work literally holding the team (and their bodies) together with Mr. Doo. To you both, a deep and heart-felt thanks - we all owe you more than words can do justice.

So long, Ed.

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