?Tell Larry Bird to transfer some—no, make that a lot—of the scoring load to guard Reggie Lewis. Lewis is the Celtics' go-to guy of the future, and he's got to start getting gone to.
?Along those same lines, give the ball to returning point guard Brian Shaw and let him run the show. The Boston front office made a giant blunder when it did not take Shaw's contract negotiations with a team in Italy seriously enough and let him bolt last year. The Celtics won't really be "Brian's team" as long as Bird is still around. But Shaw will need the freedom to take charge and holler at the veterans once in a while.
?Phase out Red Auerbach, whose official title is president but should really just be living legend. Auerbach said last week that he'll "have the last word," even if Gavitt is hired. And he has already gone on record as saying that McHale will not be traded.
That attitude is not healthy: What if, for example, the new guy wants to trade McHale? There has never been a cannier NBA card shark than Auerbach, but he hasn't made one of his sharp deals since he signed free agent Bill Walton back in 1985. It's clearly time for him to step into the shadows.
Unless the Lakers and Celtics make a few moves, that's exactly where they will find themselves next season. And the NBA will have slipped just a bit into the shadows as well.