Qbox1136 over on Celtics Green posted that he feels that our luck changed the day Len Bias died and gives quite a list of events to back his theory up. Here is his post:
The Curse of Len Bias I feel our luck changed completely on June 16, 1986 when the shocking death of Len Bias occured just nine days after the Celtics won their 16th and to this date our final championship.
Nothing has gone right since. There were no more good draft picks until Antione Walker and three years later Paul Pierce.
Bird and McHale lost their basketball health.
Dave Gavitt was fired and ML Carr took over.
Paul Thanksdad Ga$ton decided it was more important to make money than win championships.
Boston Garden died and was replaced by the Fleetcenter. The atmosphere was lost.
We drafted Eric Montross.
We drafted Acie Earl.
We signed out of service Pervis Ellison.
We hired Rick Pitinoto instead of Larry Brown.
Larry Bird quit.
Rick Pitinoto traded Chauncey Billups for Kenny Anderson.
Ron Mercer was a bust. Kedrick Brown (Zach Randolph) and Joe Forte (Tony Parker) were busts.
We traded FOR Vin Baker.
We traded Antione Walker for Raef LaFrentz.
We traded Raef LaFrentz and our pick (Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy, and Randy Foye) for Theo (I'll never play again) Ratliffe and Sebastion (I'm a complete bust and will be a career 3rd stringer on the worst team in the NBA) Telfair.
We lost Paul Pierce, Walter Sczczerbiak, Delonte West, Perkins, Jefferson and Tony Allen for significant amounts of time to injury.
We hired Doc Rivers as coach.
We accepted losing because we don't believe we can win and we will rely on the lottery to get Oden or Durante.
We cannot trade for veteran help because we are correctly judged to have poor talent by other GM's. Paul Pierce is our only trading piece and Ainge is correct that trading Pierce will leave the Celtics in a state where we see them..... Losers of 13 straight and a team only capable of winning 18 games a season.
If we do no more destructive trades and luck into Oden and Durant, things will improve next year with a new coach and GM.
I can go on and on and write a book about this If Dan Shaugnessy doesn't beat me to the job.
He has a point, we haven't had a lot of luck since that tragic day. And he didn't even mention Reggie Lewis who died as he was reaching the peak of his career. And the fact that the Celtics didn't get any financial relief as a result of his death hurt on top of the loss of a wonderful player and person. And he didn't mention the Duncan debacle either where we tanked only to get the 3rd and 6th pick and then traded Chauncey Billups away before he could become the dominant PG that he is today. Yeah, I guess I could go on and on as well. It has been 20 years of terrible luck and terrible management. It has to turn around some time, doesn't it? Now is as good a time as any. Getting Oden or Durant would definitely go a long way to heal old wounds and remove a 20 year curse. But then again, it took 84 years to lift the "Curse of the Bambino" from the Sox.