Well it happened, C's fans. A statistically impossible stat has come to fruit as the Boston Celtics were handed the 5th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. All this means is that our current roster needs to step-up and be ready for next season. What we do with the 5th pick is questionable, but still important to our future and Paul Pierce's future with the team.
I want to go on record as stating I predicted the C's getting the 5th pick because I knew the Stern Fix was in. Portland had a 5% chance, thereabouts, of getting #1 and somehow it happened. I, for one, think the Lottery doesn't work even though most think this is how it is supposed to happen to not allow teams to tank for the #1 pick. However, how can the teams the desperately need the top picks be relegated to positions that do not fit their standings? It's been a 20 year drought here in Boston! The only argument that can be made is that the C's deserved it for tanking. Tanking 2 games??? They deserve it for 2 games?? When they had an 8 man roster suited because of injury?
There is no justice in the Lottery and the struggle for a once mighty franchise continues. How much more devastation has to occur before the C's catch a break? The answer is not to be found. Even Tom Heinsohn could not Homer this one home for us. So, it remains, that instead of complaining and feeling sorry for our selves we must look to the Draft for a trade or make sure we pick the best player available. Who that is at the 5th pick, lord knows. But if we can get our young guys, who will be vets next year, motivated into making the playoffs, we will take destiny into our own hands and not wait for Stern or anyone else, to give us a hand out.
I have to admit that I have a lot of faith in our young players. They all got valuable experience this season and will all come back better next season. Perk is going to break out and I think not getting Oden will make him work even harder.