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The Trade Heard Round the World

He was a poor GM before this trade, and he’s a poor GM after this trade. Danny Ainge has dug his own grave.

True, the “Big Three” could and very well might overpower the Eastern Conference enroute to an NBA Finals birth. However, there are still so many questions facing the Boston Celtics. Not just right now, but in their not so distant future.First, was it really worth it?

Ainge already unloaded a young talented combo guard in Delonte West, as well as a terrific shooter and role player in Wally Szcerbiak. And in return he got a 32 year old Ray Allen.

Then a 7 for 1 trade that supposedly sets this team up for immediate success. Is no one else worried that these stars might not be able to handle the pressure? And pressure aside, who is going to get these guys the ball? Oh yeah, Rajon Rondo. And I was worried.

So maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Ainge is a genius and these guys can group together and put together one or two championship runs in the next 3 years, you know, before they all turn 80.

Each one of the “Big Three” (I’m already sick of that nickname) is at least 30. Garnett is 55 in basketball years, having played 12 seasons since entering the league at 18 straight out of high school. Then there’s Paul Pierce, who, while vastly talented, struggles yearly to play a full schedule. And the last piece of the puzzle, the sharp shooting Allen, constantly battles knee and foot problems. The guy is 32. You think you’ve seen injuries before. Wait until mid-season.

Remember all the young talented prospects the Celtics had on their roster? The same roster that was inexperienced, but ready to burst open and shine their true colors if given the chance? Yeah, they’re all gone. Save for Rajon Rondo (who no one is still sure if he can play) and Kendrick Perkins (who no one is sure they want to see play).

The Celtics may have just pulled off the biggest cheap thrill that the sports world has to offer. I’ve been reading countless articles all over the web about how this trade saves the NBA, Kevin Garnett’s career, and brings hope back to Boston.

What it brings is arthritis and failed expectations.

I don’t doubt Garnett. I don’t even doubt Pierce’s and Allen’s durability issues. They have all proven they can play, and have all had enough playoff experience to find a way to catapult their team to the Finals. What I do doubt, however, is Rajon Rando. I also have very little faith in Kendrick Perkins and the remaining players on the Celtics roster that make up their so-called depth.

My hands are clapping and my feet are jumping. I can almost feel Creedence Clearwater Revival playing me a jubilant tune of celebration. And it’s not because Boston is going to end their title drought of 21 years.

It’s because that drought is going to last another decade.

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