Celtics.com gave us each of the numbers that could come up to make the Celtics win the lottery on May 22nd. (thanks Zarren!)
If the basketball gods have any sense of fate and destiny, the numbers that come up will match the retired numbers of several former Celtics:
2 - Arnold 'Red' Auerbach
3 - Dennis Johnson
6 - Bill Russell
14 - Bob Cousy
It would be so fitting if we would win with a combination of numbers that represent our legends with Red and DJ leading the way.
While we are on the subject of the Lottery, Sean Grande has a piece on Celtics.com that is aimed at preparing Celtics Nation for the possibility that we won't get a top 2 pick. He discusses players like Jeff Green, Al Thornton, Yi Jianlian, Corey Brewer, and Brandon Wright that may, in his opinion, be more NBA ready than Oden or Durant. I like his last paragraph. I want Oden or Durant as much as the next fan, but if we don't get them, it won't be the end of the world.
A return to the playoffs for the Celtics in 2008 will come from a healthy Paul Pierce, and another stride toward dominance from Al Jefferson. A Wally Szczerbiak from two years ago, a Tony Allen from last year and a Gerald Green from two years from now would help, too.
And that lottery ticket, no matter what number it cashes in, only sweetens the pot.