Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Isaiah Thomas Thank You Letter - Boston Celtics Tribute Video

Words cannot describe what Isaiah Thomas means to Boston. Sadly he never got the Celtics tribute video he deserved, so I tried to capture just how much he meant to those fans who loved him the most.

Hopefully this isn’t the last we have seen of IT wearing green.

Thanks for watching!

Letter Transcript:

They say the grass is always greener. But what they really mean is you should appreciate what you have before its gone.
There will never be another Isaiah Thomas.
How could there be? Five-foot- nine. The last pick in the NBA Draft.
And against all odds, you gave us everything.
You never got the tribute you deserved. But you made a city believe.
Isn’t that worth something?
You also carried the Celtics to the top of the Eastern Conference and broke historic Celtics records along the way.
Your edge, your attitude, and your gigantic heart changed the culture.
And it was always IT Time in the fourth quarter.
You reminded us that sports are bigger than what happens on the court. And upon your shoulders, an underrated team rallied around you.
You made Boston your own. You made the Garden your home.
And you went through the wringer, so there will always be love here.
Your restored the Celtics to prominence. You risked your health and your career for us. And you left it all on the court.
Everything you had.
You brought basketball back to Boston.
You made other All-Stars want to come too.
Isaiah, thank you. It was you.
It was always you.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Here's The Truth

USA Today
Basketball nearly died in Boston. And a Lakers fan from Inglewood saved its life.

Paul Pierce did not just prove that we can all better ourselves. He provided the answer to one of life’s most perplexing mysteries:

Are legends born or made?

Pierce’s legacy was forged over the course of 19 tumultuous years, 15 of which he played in Boston.

He did not receive a king’s welcome when he arrived. He was not anointed the savior of the franchise.

Celtics fans made their opinions loud and clear: Pierce is good, but he will never fill Larry Bird’s shoes.

Ironically, Pierce spent his youth rooting against Bird and the Celtics as a fan of Magic Johnson and Showtime.

Little did he know that he would spend his career trying to recreate that level of excellence those legendary eighties Celtics teams had once established.

Faced with unfair comparisons, annual trade rumors, and even a near-death experience in 2000 when he was stabbed 11 times outside of a Boston nightclub, Pierce battled endless adversity.

But through these tribulations, he developed as a player and a person. He recovered from the nightclub assault and played in all 82 games that season, demonstrating true grit and resolve.

As Pierce matured to become the Celtics’ top player and eventually team Captain, his courage and determination was increasingly evident.

Perhaps it was the pressure of carrying the NBA’s most historic team on his shoulders for nearly two decades that helped him transform from stone to diamond.

From selfish to leader. From talent to greatness. From doubt to Truth.

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The Celtics were a mediocre team in the nineties. The tragic and untimely death of Len Bias and Bird’s early retirement left them without a capable successor and the team quietly descended into irrelevance.

It was Pierce who led the charge in restoring the Celtics to prominence all while establishing himself as one of the most underrated All-Stars the league had ever seen.

When he brought home Banner 17, Pierce finally succeeded in capturing Boston's heart while exhibiting unconditional love and respect for a city that took too long to embrace him back.

Pierce was there for it all. He was there for the Antoine-Wiggle and for Ricky Davis.

He won a championship with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, but also played his heart out alongside Allan Ray and Kevinn Pinkney for the last-place Celtics just one year prior.

He even came within a Kendrick Perkins injury of winning a second championship in 2010.

And through these experiences, Pierce became the beloved face of the NBA’s most decorated franchise.

Growing up, I loved listening to my father's descriptions of great moments in Boston sports history. From “Havlicek stole the ball,” to Bobby Orr’s flying goal celebration, to Carlton Fisk waving his World Series home run into the left field foul pole.

Throughout these stories, one thing was always crystal clear: Boston is an amazing sports city where anything is possible.

And thanks to Pierce, an entire generation of Celtics fans has uniquely emotional sports memories to pass down to their children.

From the wheelchair game, to countless game-winning shots and unforgettable championship bouts against Kobe Bryant that revitalized one of the greatest rivalries in sports, Pierce proved to be the greatest clutch scorer Boston had ever seen.

Older fans will assure you that his accomplishments earned him a spot amongst the other Celtics heroes both in their minds and in the Garden rafters.

But for the fans who grew up with Pierce, his accomplishments will be forever celebrated when we tell our own kids that his raising of the championship MVP trophy as he screamed in exaltation was our proudest moment as Celtics fans.

After today, we will always look up and pay our respects to that #34 in the rafters. And someday we will tell our children just how lucky we were to see him play.

Legends are far from perfect.

They have scars and blemishes. They make mistakes. They fall down, but more importantly they get back up. And when faced with their greatest fears, they find strength in the fires of adversity.

If a kid from Inglewood can grow up to become the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics, then we can all learn to be a little bit better.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Video: 2017-18 NBA Midseason Awards/Most Valuable Player

The 2017-18 Most Valuable Player race in the NBA is shaping up to be a close one. With so many players performing at an elite level, the second half of the season will be crucial in determining this season's MVP.

2017-18 NBA Midseason Most Valuable Player Rankings

5 - Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
4 - Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
3 - LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
2 - Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
1 - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Video: 2017-18 NBA Midseason Awards/Rookie of the Year

Halfway through the Celtics regular season, Jayson Tatum has emerged as a prime candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

However, he faces some stiff competition against some of the top rookie performers in recent memory.

2017-18 NBA Midseason Rookie of the Year Rankings

5 - Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls)
4 - Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
3 - Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
2 - Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
1 - Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)