These Boston Celtics can draw a crowd! They'll be on National TV twenty-five times this season, the fourth most of all NBA teams, and for good reason. People want to see these guys perform! And why shouldn't they? This team has got all of the characteristics to form a picture-perfect TV sitcom family. Let's take a look.
We'll start with the parents. The father is clearly Marcus Smart. He wakes up every morning, grabs his lunch pail, and heads to his blue-collar job, where he works hard all day. He freakin' breaks his back for this family, constantly going the extra mile to put some wins on the table. Then, at the end of the day, he comes home, goes to sleep, wakes up, and repeats. Ball is life.
There's mother Al Horford, the backbone of the family. He's always doing the little things, making sure that everything's running smoothly for the squad. He'll do the laundry, help the kids with their homework, put dinner on the table, and at the end of the day, he gets no respect! For his entire career, people have overlooked his court-awareness and his ability to find the open man. He's the best passing big man in the league for goodness sake! They've overlooked his basketball IQ, and the way that he's able to defend multiple positions at once. They've overlooked his shooting ability, the way that he spreads the floor, his handles; it's all been ignored because, as the bozo's say, "he's a center! He should get 12 rebounds per game!" The kids just don't understand all that he does for the family. It seems that Cs' fans are finally maturing and beginning to realize all that Al Horford has done for them throughout their lives. It's starting to click, and it's about time. Without him, the family can't stay afloat.
We've got the young boys: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who are constantly surprising us with their antics. They're growing up right in front of our eyes, and it seems like we see them do something new every game. Just the other day, I saw Jaylen drop 27 points in a game, the most that he's ever scored in his young life. Then I saw Jayson Tatum slam-dunk over another boy for the first time. There are many 'firsts' in life, and they're all so precious. All the while, we're able to anticipate their bright futures and envision the men that they'll become.
Kyrie Irving is the eldest child. He's the jock with the letterman jacket. He gets all of the ladies. He gets straight A's. He's vegan. He's class president. He's the most woke in the entire school. All eyes are on him, and he's flourishing in the spotlight. To boot, he's doing it all after a rough breakup with his former clique. He's the All-American boy who the audience adores. Just a stud.
Brad Stevens is the Mr. Feeny of the bunch; the wise, old neighbor who instils life lessons upon the family in cunning fashion. He asks the boys to help him with seemingly mundane tasks, but little does the family know, that there's a reason behind the requests: life lessons that they'll later reflect on and grow from. He stands in the background and feels proud as he watches this family go through the obstacles and pleasantries of life...
Anyways, this team is damn fun to watch, and the National TV ratings are showing that. They've played in a few of the most-watched games this season, competing with only the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder for views. I think we can officially call the Celtics the top dawgs in the East.
The NBA on ESPN averaging 1,920,000 viewers thru 19 games, up 24 percent over same period in 2016 (1,557,000). ESPN’s Most-Viewed NBA Games This Year: 1. GSW-OKC Nov 22 (3,282,000), 2. LAL-Celtics Nov 8 (2,698,000) 3. GSW-NOP, Oct 20 (2,428,000) 4. Celtics-OKC Nov 3 (2,370,000).
The Boston Celtics are on the rise! They're Primetime! Earlier in the season we saw them strutting their stuff on the red carpet, and now they're all over ESPN! They've become a reason to sit down and bond with the family; something that total strangers can discuss at the bar; something that the entire nation can rally around. Well, maybe something that all of New England can rally around. Bottom line is, the Celts are one of my favorite TV shows and it seems like that nation agrees. Neato gang!