NBA Playoffs 2012: The Boston Celtics Have the Best ‘Big 3’ in the League

May 22nd, 2012 by Matthew Snyder Leave a reply »
The story goes that when he first arrived in Boston, fresh off a blockbuster trade that shipped him from the Minnesota Timberwolves after 12 seasons, Kevin Garnett headed to the Celtics' practice facility early one morning.

Garnett had always made it a habit of getting to work first—it's one reason he'd been able to go from talented, raw high-schooler to polished NBA superstar.

But there was only one problem on that particular morning.

Well, if you could even call it a problem. Garnett wasn't the first Celtic at the practice facility. By the time the man known as "The Big Ticket" was laced up and ready to go, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had already been out on the court hoisting jumpers and running through drills for an hour or so.

It made quite an impression on Garnett. Here were two superstars who shared his insatiable desire for self-betterment. He'd come to the right place.

It was that "Big 3," formulated before LeBron James had likely even pondered a move to Miami, that sent off seismic shifts throughout the NBA. That triumvirate showed just how powerful—how Avengers-like—a collection of top talent could be ...

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