ybody who says they weren’t the best team in the league last year is crazy.
"I don’t know if they
dreamed it could come together that quickly, but it did.”
This was the perfect storm.
You had three perennial All-Stars side-by-side, none of which had a championship ring, and each hell-bent on doing whatever it took to get one.
Paul Pierce had been in Boston for nine seasons before the trade and has put up monster numbers.
Pierce and Garnett are headed into the Hall of Fame, and Allen is a likely selection as the game’s second-most prolific 3-point shooter in history (behind Reggie Miller).
"They absolutely bought into what (coach) Doc (Rivers) asked them to do, and it paid off,” Carlesimo said.
According to Allen, Rivers didn’t have to say anything.
"It was unspoken,” Allen said. "We didn’t have to talk about it. We knew what was at stake. There are a lot of teams in the history of the league that have been assembled with all-star, hall-of-fame caliber players that haven’t won. For us, it wasn’t about what we did in the past. It was about what we wanted to do now and for the future.”
Carlesimo stressed there is more to the Celtics than three unselfish amigos.
"They’ve got some other good pieces out there,” Carlesimo said of Rajon Rondo, Sam Cassell, Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Leon Powe, et al. "They were that good defensively, that good offensively and extremely unselfish. They deserved to win.
"It was a good story. I think a lot of people felt good for them because of the way they performed.”
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