Hardwood Houdini fans, I was over at a web site today checking out their latest Power Rankings. The Boston Celtics
are currently ranked 16th out of the 30 teams that make up the NBA, which seems right to me, so I have no problems with that.
What I do have a problem with, however, is what the author of these rankings (I won’t mention his name – I don’t have a problem with him beyond this instance) had to say in his description of the Celtics:
Break up the Celtics! No, seriously, Danny Ainge should probably break them up. At the current rate, coach Brad Stevens’ ability to get his players to overachieve is going to carry Boston’s meager roster into the playoffs. It’s up to Ainge to dump some of the Celtics’ better pieces in order to reach the much-desired lottery. Then again, that might not slow down Stevens either.
Personally, I am getting sick of the “tanking” talk already. There are ways to improve a team – through coaching, through trades, through free agent acquisitions – without deliberately trying to lose in order to land a nice draft pick. All this talk of tanking does is make it seem like it is okay for 10 (or more) teams a year try and lace up a losing team, which is an insult to fans who buy tickets, merchandise, NBA League Pass subscriptions, etc., yet so many people are arguing that Danny Ainge should actually try and sabotage his team’s chances of playing well this season.
Granted: the Celtics are hurting their chances of landing someone like Julius Randle . . . but with the East being as bad as it is, it’s feasible the Celts could win a round, or even two, in the playoffs, and as a fan, I’m okay with that. Like I said, there are numerous ways to rebuild a team.
Having said that, I wanted to open the floor to the readers. You know where I stand on tanking – but I’m just one guy! Where do you, the fans, stand on this issue? Should the Celtics keep playing hard and trying to “over-achieve,” displaying the Celtics pride we have all come to know and love? Or should Danny Ainge and the front office make some moves that put an end to this feel-good story, in order to load up for a title run? Vote, and speak up down below!