A Letter to Chris Wilcox


Dear Chris Wilcox,

While it may have been overshadowed by Jeff Green’s miraculous comeback from heart surgery, many fans have likely forgotten that you too underwent cardiac surgery last year.

It was great to see you healthy and back on the court, but admittedly this must have been a frustrating season for yourself.

Yes, for a stretch of this season you became the Celtics most reliable big man off the bench, but unfortunately that is not saying much.

You were widely inconsistent, and by the time the playoffs rolled around, Doc Rivers played you a total of six minutes in the New York series. Shavlik Randolph even surpassed you on the depth chart toward the end of the year.

It is understandable, because for yet another season you were plagued by injuries. This year you had to deal with both a wrist and thumb issue. You were forced to miss several weeks, and then had to play with your hand wrapped up for a better part of the season.

If that was not bad enough, Danny Ainge nearly traded you to the Washington Wizards as part of the Jordan Crawford deal. Luckily for yourself, you were able to nix the deal and Jason Collins was traded instead.

That prolonged your time in a Celtics uniform for another few months, but with your contract expired this offseason, your time in green appears done. Ainge’s plans and priorities first begin with resolving the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce situation.

After that, either a serious retool or rebuild must take place, both of which is doubtful you figure into the equation.

We wish you the best of luck with whatever franchise you end up with next. You chose to come back to Boston after an unfinished 2011-2012 season that was abruptly cut short. While it may not have ended the way most wanted, you provided fans plenty of excitement on the tail-end of some Rajon Rondo alley-oops.

You won’t leave Boston as a hero, but you sure don’t leave it as a goat, which is better than many can say.

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