Boston Celtics, NBA Champions (2007-2008)

Basketball is a game played in three distinct phases:

* Offense
* Defense
* Rebounding

What it takes to win the NBA Championship [Dec 12, 2007]

Teams which combine these three phases of the game, in the most well-balanced way, succeed … on and off the court.

Quality Rating (QR) is a simple measure which combines the:

* Points Scored Differential Ranking (PSDR)
* Points Allowed Ranking (PAR)
* Rebounding Differential Ranking (RDR)

to produce a Quality Index Ranking for each of the 16 teams which eventually make the playoffs in the NBA.

Legitimate Contenders in the NBA, Part I [Dec 18, 2007]

Since the early part of the 2007-2008 regular season schedule, the Celtics established themselves as THE dominant team in the League; at one juncture, ranking #1 in all three measures (i.e. PSDR, PAR & RDR) and with a QR of 3 …

Legitimate Contenders in the NBA: Part V [Apr 18, 2008]

which, fundamentally, did not change throughout the balance of the season.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Rebounding & Defense at the highest level of competition.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Individual Match-ups & Mis-matches in determining Winners & Losers within a specific game.

Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of a Core Covenant built upon Rebounding, Defense, Individual Match-ups and the concepts of Shared (Unselfish) Offense, Teamwork and Ubuntu!

Red Auerbach understood these things.
Bill Russell understands these things.

So, now, does Danny Ainge …
and Doc Rivers,
and Thom Thibodeau, Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman & Clifford Ray,
and Bryan Doo, Walter Norton & Ed Lacerte,
and Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett,
and Kendrick Perkins & Rajon Rondo,
and James Posey, Eddie House & Scott Pollard,
and Tony Allen, Leon Powe & Brian Scalabrine,
and Glen Davis & Gabe Pruitt,
and PJ Brown & Sam Cassell.

As did Grady Rivers.

Kudos to the Men in Green … on a job supremely well done, from worst to first!

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6 Responses to “Boston Celtics, NBA Champions (2007-2008)”

  1. fluxland Says:

    blah blah blah… I hate the Celtics.. blah blah blah… they bought a ring… blah blah…. i suck i know .. blah blah.. darn the ubuntu .. blah blah…


    Say, you never replied to my Spurs Party email? You like?

  2. khandor Says:


    re: blah blah blah… I hate the Celtics.. blah blah blah… they bought a ring… blah blah

    Respectfully, I disagree with your perception about this aspect of the Celtics’ championship season

    Danny Ainge (GM), Doc Rivers (Head Coach), Paul Pierce (Captain), Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, Leon Powe & Brian Scalabrine were part of the Celtics horrendous 2006-2007 team.

    Gabe Pruitt was a solid acquisition from the 2007 NBA Draft.

    James Posey, Eddie House & Scott Pollard were re-claimed from the NBA’s scrap heap, during the off-season, as were PJ Brown & Sam Cassell, during the latter part of the regular season. Any team in the league could have added some combination of these 5 players but chose not to.

    In exchange for an aging Ray Allen (OG), plus the draft rights to Glen Davis, the Celtics gave up Delonte West (PG), Wally Szczerbiak (OG) and their draft rights to Jeff Green (#5 Overall 2007 Draft Pick) … in a 3 for 2 trade.

    In exchange for an under-achieving Kevin Garnett (PF), Boston gave up Al Jefferson (C), Theo Ratliff (PF), Ryan Gomes (PF), Gerald Green (SF), Sebastian Telfair (PG), a 2009 first round draft pick (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota’s conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade, plus cash considerations … in a (potential) 7 for 1 trade.

    By not trading Paul Pierce … the Celtics kept the services of an aging player that was perceived to have under-achieved in Boston, over a 10-yr period … when all around them, the wolves were out calling for the Men in Green to jettison his rear end out of Beantown and for the Celtics to go in a completely different direction with their team.

    That’s not buying a championship … that’s called having solid basketball acumen and the nerve to use it properly, in assembling a high calibre NBA team … that is exceptionally well-balanced/versatile and can REBOUND, DEFEND & SHARE THE BALL. 🙂

  3. fluxland Says:

    Oh, from a business point of view (and including the end result) this was an absolute home run for the Celtics. No doubt about it, nothing to disagree with there.

    It just that for me, as some other blogs around the networld have properly worded my feelings, putting those players together, took away the way I use to admire them individually. I had hoped that their struggles and hard work would have brought them a ring eventually, just not under these “constructed” circumstances. I know that won’t make a lot sense, but it is how I feel.

    It’s like having some dinged up old rust bucket that gets you around and never lets you down. Then one day it goes onto one of those car makeover shows and comes out all “blingy”… something is lost there, including my appreciation for the car.. and respect for the owner who didn’t put the work in himself but got a bunch of other ppl to do it for him.

    K, so you either didn’t get my email or are refusing to acknowledge its greatness !! LOL.. I put in a lot of hard work into that my man! ;P

  4. khandor Says:


    Sorry for neglecting to comment on your cut & paste/photoshop artwork.

    Indeed, it was terrific! 🙂

  5. RhypeAppergy Says:


  6. khandor Says:


    Thanks for your comment.

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