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Top 10 Boston Celtics of the 21st Century

A majority of the 2008 NBA Champions made the Top 10 List, but exactly, why?

By Matt Noonan 

It’s officially my duty as the Noontime Sports basketball guru, (technically a “guru”), to break down the Boston Celtics from 2000 to 2011. There are indeed so many players to consider for this particular Top-10 list, but really, I think I’ve identified the best members of the Green and White.

So, similarly to our good friend, Andy Lindberg, I have provided you, the reader with a list of 10-names, as well as short, quick synopses too.

Top 10- Boston Celtics of the 21st Century

10.) Brian Scalabrine – “Scal” deserved to make this particular list, especially since he was a “fan favorite.” He may have not been the best player to sport the Green and White, but when the exuberant red head ran up and down the floor, it was always entertaining.

9.) Antoine Walker – “Toine” was a true troublemaker, but also a competitor. He never won a NBA championship, but one has to wonder, what exactly will he be remembered for the most, especially in Boston? Hmm… I’d have to say his dance moves and complaints.

8.) Walter McCarty – Similar to Scalabrine, McCarty was a fan favorite. He played a majority of his career in a Boston uniform, but his best season was during the ‘03-‘04 campaign, as the forward finished the regular season with 605 points, 137 three-pointers, 62 free-throw points, 239 rebounds, 124 assists and 72 steals.

7.) Kendrick PerkinsA majority of the so-called, “Celtics Nation” was brought to tears this past February, which was when Boston traded their “big man” to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic. The Celtics never recovered from their “blockbuster” trade, as they finished the season in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. However, while Perkins could have helped the team in the post season, (it’s hard to determine that theory), he indeed will be remembered for being a member of a starting-five that never lost a playoff series.

6.) James PoseyThe ultimate “sixth-man,” Posey played an important role during the ’07-‘08 season, as well as helped Boston earn its first NBA title in 22-years. Posey finished the ’07-’08 season with 545 points, 114 assists and 322 rebounds.

5.) P.J. Brown He may have not been a member of the Celtics for a long time, but Brown ended his career by winning a championship, so that’s sweet, right? Brown’s defense, leadership and intensity played a significant role against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Piston and Los Angles Lakers in the ‘08 NBA playoffs.

4.) Rajon RondoAt first, it didn’t seem like Rondo was the right person to lead the Celtics to victory. Although, Rondo has excelled under the guidance of head coach Doc Rivers and his veteran teammates. Rondo is considered one of the top point guards in the league, but seriously, he needs to work on his shooting.

3.) Kevin GarnettGarnett displayed his love and passion for the game, as well as embraced “Celtics pride,” en-route to Boston’s 17th NBA championship. His leadership and guidance played a significant role the past few seasons, as he has helped Glen Davis and Rajon Rondo improve their games.

2.) Ray Allen Acquired on Draft Night in ‘07, Allen came to Boston poised to win a championship. Currently, Allen holds the record for most three-pointers in the NBA.

1.) Paul Pierce – Pierce’s long wait for a title came in ’08 against the Los Angles Lakers, as he, Allen and Garnett, as well as a few other role players, captured the NBA title on June 17, 2008. Pierce was also named the Final’s MVP too.

The Day the Sports World Stood Still

Today the world of sports just stood still!
Today the world of sports just stood still!

It would be an understatement to say that the day after the MLB All-Star game is the best ever, right? It is awful, pathetic, terrible, and just plain old boring. In fact I cannot wait until Friday when there is something to discuss.

The Sox are off until Friday when they travel to Toronto. The New England Patriots are just a few weeks away from training camp. The Bruins are already getting fans excited about their first winter classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers and those Celtics are amusing us over possible free agent signings.

Mix 98.5 FM, which plays a variety of music in Boston, Massachusetts will soon become the “Sports Hub” on the FM dial. They will be a constant 24/7 sports radio station that will mainly feature the Bruins and Patriots games as well as interesting talk shows too. Pending the FCC’s decision it will be dubbed WBZ-FM radio. WBCN 104.1 FM on the other hand will become Mix 104  and play a variety of music instead of their heavy amount of alternative that they do now.

Lots of people have criticized President Obama and his throwing abilities during last night’s pre-game festivities. I on the other hand have chosen not to make fun, especially because I had a summer basketball game at the same time of the 80th MLB All-Star Game. I thought playing basketball versus watching baseball was the right thing to do. Besides, lay off Barack or as Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays centerfield Carl Crawford refers to him as, “Osam-Bomb.”  At least did not look like the Charlie Brown in Philadelphia! Be the judge, who really was the worse?

Antoine Walker is in trouble, big, big, BIG… trouble! Do you know why? He simply wrote a few checks that were considered “fake” from his various gambling rampages that began back in July of 2008. He was accused of 3 felony counts for his checks and all I can say is it’s a good thing ‘Toine is not playing for the Celtics these days because I am sure the media would be drilling him left and right with questions about whether he is able to put food on the table for his family.

Matt Cassel finally got what he deserved, a guarantee that he will remain in Kansas City for the next six years. The former New England Patriot quarterback who led the Brady-less Patriots to an 11-5 record last season should feel confident that Scott Pioli is a believer in him.

Is Eli really that good?
Is Eli really that good?

Finally NFL.com had an interesting video I watched today regarding their top 10 NFL quarterbacks that were drafted first overall. Coming into the number six spot, drum roll please… Eli Manning. Are you serious, Eli Manning! I am just going to leave it at that and not say anymore.

Enjoy this day off from sports and hopefully tomorrow I can treat you to more fun and games during this All-Star break.