I don't think we can win a championship. However, 29 franchises won't win a title this year. I say just enjoy watching a couple of first ballot Hall of Famers in their twilight years.
The problem is that I don't enjoy that.
Maybe I'm spoiled because of the last 6 years, but I just don't really get all that excited about watching the team struggle to win half their games as Pierce and Garnett slowly fade into retirement.
I get the inclination to hold onto a good thing, if only for nostalgia's sake. I don't begrudge you your desire to do exactly that.
But for me, to be interesting I need the season to feel like it means something. If the Celtics hadn't made the playoffs and won at least one series every season for the past 5 years, I could view just making the playoffs and being competitive in the first round and maybe, with some luck, sneaking into the second round as a worthy goal. But I'm not that desperate to see the team play in the playoffs.
Right now I'm most excited to just get started on figuring out what this team is going to look like the next time they are really competitive. I want to start building to that next group of Celtics stars.
I love and appreciate Paul and KG for all they've done, and I'm sure I will miss them more than I can imagine now once they are finally gone. I also know that for logistical reasons it may not be possible to blow it up until the season is over. But as soon as it is realistically possible, I want this team to move on and start picking up the pieces.
Make the most of Rondo's injury -- view it as a catalyst for the chemical reaction that destroys what was and sets off the creation of what will be. That is meaningful to me. Much more so than watching Pierce and Garnett give us glimpses, for a few minutes at a time, of what they used to be able to do all game long.