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This unexpected about-face eases the suffering of a franchise whose roots extend to the NBA’s inaugural campaign of 1946-47.
The Celtics have not been a truly relevant franchise since the principal designers of the trade, Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale, were running alongside the late Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird and Robert Parish in the old Boston Garden.
If Bias had not surrendered his life to cocaine, the Celtics might have added another three or four championship banners to their collection.
Bias was that potentially special, enough so that his presence would have eased the physical burden on both McHale and Bird in the late ‘80s.
Perhaps McHale would not have felt compelled to play on a broken foot in 1987 and compromise the rest of his career if Bias had been around.
This is the unknowable of the Celtics, a once-proud franchise with nearly a generation’s worth of misery, eased only by their run to the conference finals in 2002.
This is the same franchise that spent the spring tanking games as a means to improve its lottery chances in the Greg Oden-Kevin Durant sweepstakes.
This breaking of a trust with the ticket-buying public did not work. The Celtics ended up with the No. 5 pick overall in the NBA Draft in June.
That seemed appropriate at the time, although the Celtics used the pick to land Allen, a sweet-shooting guard whose greatest flaw is a birth certificate that reveals he is 32 years old.
That truism was certainly self-evident with Reggie Miller in his waning seasons with the Pacers.
Garnett, at 31, has lots of wear on his body as one of the first players to jump to the NBA from high school.
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