But will the Celtics ascend to the heights they reached in 2008? Can they win another championship?
These are things we just don’t know. But what we do know is that Avery Bradley is every bit as good as Tony Allen defensively (if not better), and that Kendrick Perkins is one of the more overrated centers to ever wear green and white. By no means is this to suggest that Perkins is a bad player, but he’s not a defensive stopper—he’s merely a guy who is pegged to be one. He’s a big body; nothing more, nothing less.
Allen went on to say that “It’s still Ubuntu with those guys…it’s a brotherhood.”
That’s all good and well, but it’s difficult to buy into the fact that the C’s are struggling because they don’t have Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins.
The struggles are because all teams peak and decline, and Boston’s best days may be behind them, at least for the immediate future.
GM Danny Ainge decided to make one last push, and this season likely represents just that: one last strong year at pushing for a championship—before the roster is blown up and the team rebuilt.
Tony Allen said the team is missing pieces, but it really isn’t. It’s just declining, and it was bound to happen.