As our Boston Celtics prepare to embark on a journey that they hope culminates with the franchise’s 18th championship banner, it’s safe to assume that not everything will go according to plan. It rarely ever does. Every season throws its own curves, with the tragic deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis being perhaps the most extreme. Last season it was losing Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O’Neal – three big men who were going to be counted on to help Boston battle underneath the basket. And who saw Ray Allen going down with an ankle injury, or the impressive development of Avery Bradley as a result – or Bradley’s subsequent shoulder injury, which shut him down during the playoffs?
This season is certain to have its own surprises – curves that come out of nowhere and force Doc Rivers to adjust. Maybe Rondo does down with an ankle injury. Or Pierce’s knee flares up. Or KG loses his mojo. (Hey, it can happen – even the great Willie Mays succumbed to Father Time.)
Whatever the case, the key will be how well Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers adjust. And while every team faces adversity, Ainge & Rivers have proven that they can handle it and keep their team competitive.
So don’t go into this season with blinders on. Something that wasn’t in the script is bound to happen. That’s life in professional sports.
Just know that our guys cope better than most.