The crowd went wild. The faint hint of cigar smoke drifted down from the heavens. The leprechauns danced.
The NBA Finals are over. The Boston Celtics are raising yet another championship banner, their 17th. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the long suffering Paul Pierce each have their first championship. And best yet, it came at the expense of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the trash in purple and yellow.
The game was close after 1 quarter. That was it. The Celtics just dominated every facet of the game from that point on. Proof positive that teams win championships, not individuals. This was a team effort. Unselfish play by the stars, team defense, and a winning attitude enforced by the coach is what brought this one home. And the team as whole deserves the credit.
I admit, I hated Doc Rivers when he was a player, especially when he was with the Atlanta Hawks. But he’s done alright in Boston, and showed what he’s capable of as a coach when he has players and talent to work with. I had my doubts last year, but I was willing to give him a second chance with a good team, and not just a bunch of misfits. I’m certainly glad I did.
This completes one of the greatest turn around season for any team in any sport.
Now it’s time to start planning for net year.