The Boston Celtic Expendables gunning for one more title.
The 2010-2011 Boston Celtics features the stars from the 1990s such as Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal, and the eventual return of Rasheed Wallace. Either they moved one step closer to a title or hospital bed, the Green Machine remains the team to beat in the East despite Miami’s Super Friends. The Celtics are still the Eastern Conference Champions and until any other team officially knock them out; they remain the favorites to return to the Finals.
Rajon Rondo can play the part of Jet Li and Shaq is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
They got together to win a ring, but the East is not what it seems since every other team has improved dramatically. The odds remain against them and everywhere people make fun of their age including references to The Golden Girls, No Country for Old Men, and Cocoon. Why did Shaq choose the Boston Celtics? Kobe Bryant once said that he has one more ring than Shaq. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Diesel kept that in his mind and chose a team that had a chance to beat Kobe’s Lakers. The problem is getting there. Do these old carcasses have enough juice to reach the Promised Land?
Kendrick Perkins will be out longer due to that freak injury at the 2010 NBA Finals against the Lakers. There is a chance that Shaq will start for a bit, but the Celtics would be smarter to start Jermaine O’Neal instead. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce have to be ready to do the majority of the heavy lifting. The trainers and medical staff better make phone calls to the Phoenix Suns camp on how they take care of these zombies to perform as if it was 2004. For all the hate he gets from Laker and Heat fans, Shaq was a steal at the vet minimum. He provides size, muscle, and some rebounding. Every now and then he can still score. The Big Leprechaun is nice insurance and helps greatly against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.
Durability is the huge concern. Can all of them stay on the court at the same time? No one could have pictured Kevin Garnett, Shaq, Kendrick Perkins, Jermaine O’Neal, and Rasheed Wallace together. We should not care that they are over the hill. This is a video game’s wet dream. I mean, look at that lineup again.
C: Shaquille O’Neal
PF: Kevin Garnett
SF: Paul Pierce
SG: Ray Allen
PG: Rajon Rondo
C: Kendrick Perkins
PF/C: Jermaine O’Neal
PF/C: Rasheed Wallace
PF: Glen Davis
SG: Marquis Daniels
SG: Von Wafer
PG: Nate Robinson
If this was 2002, this team is an automatic dynasty going 76-6 and undefeated in the playoffs sweeping every team. Unfortunately this is 2010. They still have a good shot at making the Finals if they can stay injury free. That alone is a huge epic battle. Danny Ainge was not going to go down without a fight. The NBA better get some oxygen tanks out there for these old dudes. They’ll be battling against the Chicago Bulls for the 3rd and 4th seed with 50+ wins.