The 2010 Boston Celtics: Truly a Season in Hell

March 10th, 2010 by Nick Gelso Leave a reply »
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I often refer to "basketball purgatory" in my description of the Celtics' 22-season drought that spanned from 1986 to 2008.

As a die-hard Celtics fan, the Post-Bird Era was very difficult to watch.

It was hard to watch Rick Pitino dethrone Red Auerbach from his honorary role as team president. It's still difficult to watch clips of Pitino saying, "Larry Bird is not going to walk through that door." It was tough to watch the Boston Garden fall and be replaced by the characterless Fleet Center.

It had seemed that the once-prominent franchise had been relegated to inferiority (or, worse, just-another-team unremarkability) and that all memories of its past greatness were being torn away.

All of that ended in 2008 as the Celtics reclaimed their throne.

The Celtics' stint back in the basketball sunlight ended abruptly, though, as Kevin Garnett went down with a season-ending knee injury in February of 2009.

The remaining Celtics persevered, showing the league that they are one of the grittiest teams in the association. I have mentioned more than once ...

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