Sam Cassell told Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner during a recent episode of the Point-Forward podcast that he kept the Boston Celtics Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen in check by calling them out during the C's last championship run; which happened to be Cassell's last active season in the league.
"I had the right to call guys out because I wasn’t playing that much and it was fine," Cassell prefaced before saying, “But I still remained a big part of that team. I could call guys out, especially the Big Three."
Still, despite the call-outs, Cassell reveals that he still keeps in contact with the rest of the 2008 championship team.
"We’re always in a group chat, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, our birthdays, we always get a message from each other," Cassell said. "Sometimes if a big basketball game is on and we know everybody is watching it we’ll make a comment on it. When you win a championship with guys, you’re always keeping in contact."
Sam Cassell believes winning a championship with Boston Celtics would be 'life-changing' for Jayson Tatum
Cassell had a strong message on the prospect of Jayson Tatum winning a championship in Boston: it'd be a life-changing moment for the MVP candidate.
"It would be life-changing,” Cassell said. “His life is great now. These guys’ lives are great. But, if you win a championship in Boston, it can get better. It can get a little bit better, trust it. There’s nothing wrong with winning a championship in Boston.”
Tatum is still doubted as a true superstar by many, so winning a championship would squash that. But that's just noise. The fulfillment of being one of the driving forces behind an 18th Celtics championship would put Tatum on the same level of a Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, David Krejci, or Brad Marchand. Not to mention the C's Big Three.
But then there's that Tom Brady/Larry Bird/David Ortiz level of Boston legend that multiple titles would bring. Ortiz himself even believes Tatum can reach that level.
Baby steps, obviously, but Celtics fans are not crazy to think this current team, if healthy and together for the next few years, helps Tatum get there.