Thursday, June 28 is draft day. There is always a lot of excitement surrounding the draft with promises of future stars and a new iinfusion of talent to the league. While rumors swirl about the Celtics possibly trading up, trading out, and making their picks, my thoughts drift back to another draft 26 years ago. It was one of the most exciting drafts in my memories as a Celtics fan. It was also one of the saddest.
On June 8, 1986, the Celtics beat the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. This 1986 team is considered by many to be one of the greatest teams ever assembled. The Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish were at their peak and the future was looking bright for the green team. Not only did they own one of the most dominant front lines in NBA history, but they also owned the 2nd pick in the draft thanks to the trade of Gerald Henderson to Seattle. I remember being so excited about that draft. I believed that there was a gem in that draft who would rival any of the stars in the league to that time and was so excited for him to be a Celtic. A little more than a week after the Celtics won their 16th championship, they selected Maryland star Len Bias with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
I remember being almost giddy about that pick. Len Bias was an exciting player and the talk was that he could be even better than Michael Jordan. The word from most of the scouts was that Bias was something very special. The Big 3 were getting older and Bias would come in and be able to contribute right away and then would be the anchor of the next generation of Celtics. It was an exciting time to be a Celtics fan. They were champions once again and they had just drafted an incredible talent to take them to their next championship.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (left) has money to play with for the first time since assembling the new Big Three in the summer of 2007. Ainge has $30.5 million committed to Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and JaJuan Johnson, and that's it. That leaves plenty of cash to sign other players and fill out the roster. Some of that money could be used on the team's existing free agents like Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Brandon Bass, but the Celtics are likely to pursue talent from other teams when free agency opens on July 1.
The Heat and LeBron can go (censored) themselves. Reading other forums and blogs I see congratulations to the Heat and LeBron and how he has their respect now!? WTF!? The evil one finally got a ring. Great.
Anyway, really wish OKC could've done better considering what they did to the Spurs, but their lack of experience was glaring next to a team that has done battle with the best the East and West have thrown at them.
At least now its over. Bron can go back to being hated but with a title. Now its up to our C's to get their crap together and make sure the Heat don't repeat.