Friday , Jan , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics on a Road to Destiny?


Many reasonable people believe they will. I again am going to stick with my preseason pick that the Pistons will overtake Boston in the conference finals. How often do you see a newly assembled team like the Celtics running the table? I’m not referring to the fringe alterations the Heat made by acquiring the likes of Antoine Walker and Jason Williams before their 2005-06 title season; I’m talking about bringing in two of your three best players less than a calendar year before winning a
championship.

A midseason trade helped the 2003-04 Pistons and the 1994-95 Rockets win championships, but the arrivals of Rasheed Wallace and Clyde Drexler, respectively, complemented the established personalities of those teams. In the last quarter century, the only championship team that bears any resemblance to the new-look Celtics is the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers with their free-agent signing of Moses Malone. Though Malone dominated the league that year, he was joining a 76ers team that already had Julius Erving, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks. Click here for more from Sports Illustrated.