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Jesus can’t save Celtics this time

Posted by Bill Koch on July 7, 2010

Ray Allen

Hope Celtics fans are happy now – we here at Ramble On promise it won’t last very long.

Ray Allen agreed to a two-year deal to stay in Boston late Wednesday night, bringing a close to the Celtics’ chance to rebuild their team on the fly and add some younger pieces to the core of Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins. Boston elected to burn all of its cap space by foolishly bringing back Paul Pierce courtesy of a four-year, $61-million extension and now have another 30-something in Allen to clog up its roster.

In retrospect, we wish the run to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers had never happened. The franchise and its fans were duped into believing that the Celtics were truly four points away from hoisting Banner 18 to the rafters at The Fake Garden and will now be doomed to suffer through a cycle of history repeating itself. The last time Boston’s roster was this old, The Big Three were decaying at the end of their respective careers and stifled any chance that the Celtics had to rebuild. Tragedy (the deaths of Reggie Lewis and Len Bias) and poor decisions (drafting Michael Smith, Jerome Moiso, Eric Montross, etc., and trading for Vin Baker) condemned the Celtics to irrelevance while Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish declined.

Danny Ainge should have learned from this. He played in Boston in the late 1980s and he insisted that he had that first-hand knowledge in mind when he traded for Allen and Kevin Garnett three years ago, telling anyone who would listen that he realized this current group had a short window in which to win a title due to their age. Apparently Ainge’s own age – and perhaps a touch of Alzheimer’s disease – has started to take away some of his sharpness. He’s set Boston up to fail and now he’ll be the one to watch another group of veterans whose best days are long gone.

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