The Boston Celtics still have unfinished business in the Lake Buena Vista bubble in Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports. That said, what has been the defining Cs moment of the millennium?
There’s still a chance the Boston Celtics could win what many consider to be the hardest NBA Championship to ever secure. With the season suspension and players being required to spend their entire summers stuck on the Walt Disney World campus–shuttling from their hotels to the games and back in an effort to avoid players catching COVID-19–the challenges the 2020 NBA champion will have gone through are one of a kind.
That said, the odds are against them. Even still, this 2019-20 season, one that followed one of the most disappointing and frustrating seasons since Brad Stevens took over, has been one of the great comeback seasons of the millennium.
But what has been the defining moment of the last 20 years? Well it seems fairly obvious, but Bleacher Report’s Nelson Mandela hit the nail on the head commemorizing the 2008 NBA Championship Boston Celtics team as the team that provided the best playoff moment of the 2000’s:
As fate would have it, Boston faced its old nemesis—the Los Angeles Lakers—in the Finals. While the Purple and Gold were not pushovers, the Celtics had established unbreakable chemistry and controlled much of the series, winning the title with a 131-92 blowout in Game 6 in front of a raucous home crowd.
Though other players and teams would form Big Threes in the ensuing seasons, none won a title in their first year—not even the LeBron James-led Heatles. The fact that Boston’s trio was able to do so is a testament to just how special it was.
No moment in recent Cs history comes close to the 2008 title. Going from a lottery team to kings of the mountain in a year’s time is something every sports fan wants from their team. Celtics fans are blessed that they were able to not only witness a championship, but they also got to witness the birth of the Big 3 era of the NBA, which was defined by star trios.
That all started with the ’08 Cs, who undoubtedly provided the defining moment of the last two decades with their dominant closeout win against the Los Angeles Lakers to win banner #17.