With Kevin Garnett and Adam Sandler doing the media circuit promoting "Uncut Gems" it's only natural for questions about the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to come up.
In an interview with perhaps the most famous Celtic fan of all time, Bill Simmons, KG had this to say about Lebron James and his move to the Miami Heat in the Summer of 2010.
When KG reiterates that they "broke Lebron", Simmons asks "in Game 5?" (referring to the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals). KG doesn't say yes.
Not to put myself in KG's body (I would've been NASTY) but I don't think what he said was all that wrong. Since he played for the C's aka cool-guy, NBA twitter's favorite team to bash, he got dragged.
Lebron James destroyed the Boston Celtics and my dreams in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Unlike the Moon landing, there is no denying that. IMO it's the most important game of Lebron's career; including the NBA Finals. It completely changed the narrative of his entire career to that point. He transformed from losing choke artist to all-time great. Of course he had to win it all, but that game is his version of Peyton Manning's 06 AFC Championship.....slaying the beast that had always gotten in the way en route to his first title. Clearly Lebron wasn't broken then.
As was seen in 28-and-feeling-greatful.html people can change over time. Lebron wasn't broken in 2012 but scoffing at KG saying the Celtics "broke" Lebron or whatever you wanna say is fucking true. Especially in 2010.
Sure, Comic Sans Gilbert is a big time dummy and all-time bad owner. That totally factored in, but the fact of the matter is the Celtics beat two (2) Cavalier teams on their way to NBA Finals appearances in 2008 (win) and 2010. You can say he was young and those teams were better, but Lebron straight up quit on the Cavs in 2010.
I get it, a lot of time has passed. It's easy to mis-remember. Lebron's won three rings since and the can't win the big one narrative is long gone. That's cool and all but please do not for one second forget the OG Lebron narrative. The Celtics were his kryponite. He couldn't win the big one. LBJ joined the Miami Heat to create a superteam to defeat this aging superteam. Lebron had the last laugh, no doubt.
But I really don't give a fuck about any of that (lol..totes)
What I care about is this dragging of the Celtics for only winning in 2008. Oh my bad KG got hurt in Utah. The 2008-09 Celtics were better than the team that actually won. I think a lot of players would tell you that. They started 27-2 and still won over 60 games despite losing KG. Losing KG was the death blow for a team that likely would've won it all again had they stayed healthy. The following season they won only 50 games, giving them the 4 seed. Matching them up with the 1 seed Cavs in the 2nd round. That year they killed the Heat, first run Lebron Cavs and Dwight Howard's defending Eastern Conference Champion Magic before losing a heartbreaking game 7 on the road to Kobe Bryant (Perk was hurt!!!).
There has been a lot of chatter about how the Big 3 Celtics only won one title together. How they act like they were a dynasty. That need to stop talking. Tons of Paul Pierce slander. I am here for none of it.
Yes, the Big 3 Celtics only hoisted the Larry O'Brien once, but they weren't some one year wonder. I just explained 09 and 10. Let's not forget 2011 and the Perk trade. That ruined everything, oh and D-Wade tried to cut Rondo's arm off. 2012 in the Big 3 Celtics final act they took the eventual champs to Game 7.
The 07-08 Celtics brought the NBA's most storied franchise its first title since 1986. They absolutely destroyed everybody in the regular season, winning 66 games. The Big Three changed the modern NBA. Teams had multiple superstars before but this trio was just different, and in year one the got it done. The are why the Miami Heat happened, they are why the Golden State Warriors happened. It's too bad they teamed up so late in their careers. Would've been something to see Paul, KG and Ray together starting in like 2003.
All champions are not created equal.
Some teams only win once but are remembered forever.
The 2006 Cardinals and 2008 Phillies are not the same.
The 2000 Ravens are thought of by many as the best defense ever, should Rod Woodson not say that because they didn't repeat? I know football is different, but wtf? The 2008 Celtics have historic significance.
The amount of stories and content this team has generated over the years is a homeless version of the 85 Bears. The whole Ray Allen feud alone, cmon. The internet age has caused the 08 Celtics to hang around. They are why we have Kobe How My Ass Taste? That's the Super Bowl Shuffle for people my age! That team was all-time with the characters on that roster. Now as the years keep going we hear more and more stories about the 08 C's. Yeah they weren't a dynasty but are still a vital part of NBA History. Have some damn respect for the best power forward of his generation.