are, in the end, weaker than dishwater. But they are inevitable, for it is
almost impossible to find a fan who will talk about the Celtics of the present
without referencing the Celtics of the past. That's how it is and how it will
here," says Ainge, peering out of his second-floor office window into the
weight room below.
we're trying out," he says.
"Do you know
all of them by sight?" I ask.
course," he answers, looking at me like I'm nuts. "There's Joe
Crawford, shooting guard from Kentucky. There's Sean Singletary, point guard,
There is no
Russell, no Bird, no Pierce, no Garnett in that group. Barring a trade, the
Celtics have only their two picks for Thursday's draft, at the end of the first
round and the end of the second. Picking so low, they can only hope to find a
role player or two. Still, Ainge is eager to see these prospects in action,
eager to begin the next season just hours after the old season has ended. I
envy him. He never seemed younger than he does right now, so much a part of a
golden past, living a blissful present, looking ahead to a sparkling