You Can't Superstar Your Way to Greatness

Life was so simple two weeks ago. Bosh was still in Toronto. LeBron was still in Cleveland. And the sporting world actually paid proper respect to the original big three in Boston. All that is gone now and we can only hearken back to a gentler time, where a team’s worth was court-tested and proven, and where reverence outlasted idol worship.

Nostalgia aside, we’re in the here and now and one must assess the situation as it stands. So, it’s time to inject truth into the magical mystery world of James worshippers and far-too-early Heat wagon riders.

Miami, heavy a two-time MVP and PF All-Star or not, have a lot of work to do to prove their worth. Boston, on the other hand, with most of its core squad still in place, missed hoisting up a second championship trophy in three years by one blatant travel call missed, one ubercharge from Kobe left uncalled and about, oh, 15,591 pointless forth-quarter LA free throws.

Needless to say, the Boston Celtics are a championship caliber team. And with the addition of O’Neal, the C’s pick up yet another solid post player who can help out during the playoffs.

The Miami Heat, on the flip side of life, are taking a huge gamble by trying to piece together an Olympic-like squad of ball-hog specialists in order to walk their way to glory instead of fighting for it.

LeBron’s jump leaves the Cavaliers out of contention. Bosh’s leap means Toronto won’t be competing. Two good Eastern Conference teams were sacrificed for one hopefully awesome team in a trio’s strange game meets NBA next-level basketball.

The difference in Boston’s big three is simple. Ray, KG and Pierce were playing on habitually terrible ball clubs, years removed from the limelight, and at a point in their careers where unselfishness and actual team basketball was the only option.

The marriage was—and still is—a beautiful thing to watch. The three players were drastically different in terms of skill set, and all three, along with an upstart Rondo and still learning Perkins, sacrificed for the greater good.

Remember that, Miami, the first time LeBron turns to Terrell Owens when D-Wade takes the last shot, or when Bosh kicks the chair out after James puts up 40 on 30 shots in a losing effort.

The fact of the matter is that the NBA isn’t the Olympic Games. You can’t superstar your way to greatness; you have to play your way there.

So for everyone already penciling in Miami, don’t be surprised when a high seeded Celtics team knocks them out in 6 games.

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Hunter Thomas
As a lifetime New England sports fan, Hunter was determined in October of 2005 to finally start using that passion and determination to create the site now known as Celtics 24/7. Formerly known as Celtics Pride, Celtics 24/7 has become one of the most well-respected and followed Celtics websites. Our motto “For Fans, By Fans” rings entirely true as we’ve built and grown a community of passionate and enthusiastic Celtics fans. It all starts with you–the fans, and I appreciate every single person who supports us on our journey to the top.


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  2. Celts 18X

    July 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Topher – You’re right that the C’s superstarred their way to greatness (as did the Lakers – Thanks Chris Wallace). But not sure why you think the C’s are gonna need more luck than the Lakers. I’m pretty sure the C’s are going to lose to the Heat. And since the C’s are basically even with the Lakers (I’ll grant you the Lakers were the slightly better team), the Lakers aren’t beating the Heat either. Sorry man. Kobe’s gonna be stuck on 5, and the Lakers stuck on 16, until the next generation of NBA Greats manifests.

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  4. Topher24

    July 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the honest response as opposed to the blindly faithful, never say die attitude. It’s refreshing.
    Do The C’s win if Perk never get’s hurt? I don’t know, but safe to say Kobe doesn’t pull down 15 boards…
    You guys are going to have a tough time for sure. I think the best things you have going are 1) Coaching, 2) experience and 3) a newly diluted East.The Atlantic could be worse than it was last year, so that will be good for you guys. Best of luck this season. You’re gonna’ need it.

  5. Hunter Thomas


    July 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm


    Welcome to the site and thanks for the comments. Always good to hear from a Lakers fan! haha. Realistically, no it doesn’t look good for the Celtics as far as beating the Heat or even making it back to the finals. My hope is that after that game 7 loss they are hungrier than last year and come playoff time they are healthy. Thats the key. This year we were extremely lucky to have everyone healthy come playoffs.

    Although that all went down the drain when Perk was injured for game 7 (We would of beat you with him! haha) With that said, no one thought we could get as far as we did last year and my hope is that is the same case for next season. We still need more depth on our bench if we want to compete, but there is still a lot of offseason left!

  6. Topher24

    July 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Let me start by saying that this is the first time I’ve been to this site. A friend and Celtics loyalist told me about it and it looks like a top notch site. I applaud your efforts. Now, that having been said, I understand that A) I’m reading Celtics 24/7 and B) you’re still bitter from the loss The Lakers ( not just Kobe, but the entire team) delivered to you and C) scared to death of the Heat, but you seriously can make the argument that you can’t superstar your way to greatness… I’m pretty sure Danny Ainge will be first in line to disagree. And as a Lakers fan, I’d love it if you guys beat the Heat in 6 games, but that simply isn’t happening. The Celts had an OK season and an outstanding playoff run, but there is NO way… NO way that they can match up with the Heat. Only team in The L that can are well on their way to the Three-Peat.

  7. Hunter Thomas


    July 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I see what your saying. Kobe and Shaq did make it work because they were so talented, but when it was Payton, Kobe, Shaq and Malone they failed. So lets hope that three guys trying to share the ball is too much for them.

  8. Celts 18X

    July 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    You guys are far more optimistic than I am. Miami’s gonna win the next two titles at least. Kobe and Shaq hated one another and had HUGE egos but won three just because they were young and dominant. Miami’s not losin to nobody. Look on the bright side though… Now Kobe won’t get another and the Lakers will be stuck on 16, thus ensuring the C’s as the GOAT!

  9. Dane Barone

    July 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Great article. I agree with every aspect of it. The Big 3 in Boston was almost needed to be made. With KG in Minnesota and Ray in Seattle, they really needed somewhere else to go. We fought for the Championship that year and earned it. As for LBJ and Bosh? They played for overall good teams, Cavs were the favorites going into the Post-season and Toronto was an inch away from making the playoffs. With that said, I wanna see how these 3 ball-hogs match up with each other this year.

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