I haven’t posted anything in awhile but I have found a few topics to present. This one is a little late but who cares, it’ll do.
On June 17th, the Boston Celtics, my Boston Celtics, won the NBA title for the first time since 1986. I was not around at that time so unlike most sports writers who have been “waiting almost 22 years for this,” I had not witnessed a Celtics title victory in my lifetime. It really was enjoyable to watch though; I caught every minute of every playoff game this year, the first year that I accomplished that feat.
I became a fan of the Boston Celtics in 1995 so I have become knowledgeable of their history in that 13 years.
(Side note: I became a fan of many of my favorite teams by what could be referred to as accidental. My fanhood of the Denver Broncos came about when I got a tiny figurine of an NFL player for Christmas in my stocking one year, that figure was John Elway. I became a fan of Jeff Gordon in NASCAR by, essentially, being an idiot. I was watching the race with my dad in early 1997 and I saw this rainbow colored car keep being shown on the television. I had heard the announcers use the name Ricky Rudd so I pointed to that rainbow colored car and said to my dad, “I like that guy, Ricky Rudd.” Of course my dad, who was much more knowledgeable than I regarding the sport , had to correct me. “That is Jeff Gordon,” he told me. The Celtics were another accident. When I was about 6, my dad had a coffee cup with a leprechaun on it standing in a four leaf clover. That was the symbol for the Boston Celtics, so I adopted them as my favorite team and just ran with it.)
Back to this, I do know the history of the Celtics and the legacy that they uphold. All of the rivalries with the Lakers in the NBA Finals that were won by both sides, but mostly by the Celtics, I know of. I know most about the players and teams involved in the sport today and still there are things that surprise me. The biggest surprise to ever come up happened this year, and involved the Celtics.
My favorite team has always been the Boston Celtics, as I have stated above, but my favorite player has always been Kevin Garnett. In basketball video games I would use the Minnesota Timberwolves just so I could control Garnett. Well this season, in an ultimate moment of irony, my favorite team combined with my favorite player. Kevin Garnett was traded by the Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics for an unprecedented five players and two draft picks. And so the journey began.
With that being said, I am happy that both Garnett joined the Celtics and that they won the title. Now all I have to do is wait until next season begins to watch them play again.