By: Kevin Sinatra
May 27, 2020
Having such success throughout the course of their organization, it is no wonder why the Boston Celtics, along with their fan base, expect nothing but championships year in and year out. The most recent successful Celtics teams dates back to 2008 when Boston won the NBA Finals. What a lot of people didn’t know is that the ‘08 Celtics had a lot more going on behind the scenes than most fans or media outlets knew about, at the time.
The past week, Kendrick Perkins has been in the media, discussing his career and time with the Celtics. With certain rumors/statements being made, Celtics fans are left speculating what could have been…
It is no secret that the 2006-2007 off season was a historic one for the Celtics. After finishing
with the second worst record in the NBA during the 2006-2007 season at 24-58, the Celtics knew it was time to restore that championship culture back into Boston. After pulling off several trades and signings, the Celtics then felt like they had the roster they needed in place to win a championship. Acquiring guys like Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Eddie House, James Posey, and many other assets in the ‘07 off-season, the Celtics felt confident that with these acquisitions, along with their existing players of Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo, and a few others, that the Celtics would be bringing home a championship in 2-3 seasons.
Fast forward to this time the next year. After taking a complete 360 and turning the organization around, the Boston Celtics are enjoying their 2008 off-season as NBA Champions, defeating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. With both emotions and expectations at an all-time high, the Celtics never stop looking for ways to improve their team in order to sustain success.
Keeping the 2008 roster pretty much intact, the Celtics would get a disappointingly early exit from the playoffs in 2009.In 2010 the Celtics found themselves back in the Finals once again matched up against Kobe and the Lakers; after a few costly injuries and some bad luck, the Celtics would lose a tough fought series in Game 7. Now, many people think that losing the 2010 NBA Finals was the beginning of the end for this Celtics “dynasty” but we have recently learned that this may not be the case.
After recent interviews with Kendrick Perkins, we are now learning that the downfall of this squad may have started much earlier than most people thought. It is no secret that when it comes to that 2008 Celtics team, Ray Allen seems to be the odd man out. After leaving the Celtics to join Eastern Conference powerhouse LeBron and the Heat, many of the Celtics players especially Garnett and Pierce felt betrayed, and merely cut Ray Allen out of their lives and memory all together.
However, it has now been discovered that Ray wasn’t oh so loyal to begin with. After the
2008 season, there were talks of the Celtics trading Rondo in a package for Chris Paul. Allen was heavily in favor, but Garnett and Pierce would refuse to let happen. This raised concern to KG and Pierce, because they felt as though Allen was unloyal and didn’t care for Rondo in the same “little brother” manner that Garnett and Pierce did. This is where the falling out of the team happened. The team was never able to rebuild in which they once had.
When Ray Allen left Boston for Miami, that seemed to be the final straw in the relationship between Ray and the Celtics guys, but now we see that maybe there was more to it than just Ray leaving. Ray Allen has always expressed that he’s made his decisions based on business, and although I personally cannot fault Allen for joining the Heat in hopes of winning another ring or two, I definitely feel why Garnett, Pierce, and many of the other Celtics guys took Allen’s decision and comments personally.
With that being said, many Celtics fans are not hesitant on what to think. I mean sure as a Celtics fan we all have at least some ill feelings towards Allen, but on the flip side Allen was pushing for Chris Paul, which could have resulted in at least another ring, or more, for that Celtics team. Therefore, you can’t really blame Ray for wanting to win. It ultimately comes down to business or loyalty and as we’ve learned time and time again, there is no loyalty when it comes to business.