How long until the rivalry is renewed again?
As great as this 7 game Celtics vs. Lakers series was, basketball fans have to admit part of the fun was not just because Kobe, KG and Paul Pierce are great players. Part of the draw and nostalgia was watching the guys in green jerseys duke it out with the guys in purple and gold just like in the “old” days.
When I was growing up, it seemed like every year it was Magic vs. Larry in the NBA finals. The supporting cast members sometimes changes, but at the end of the day the Celtics and Lakers were always there. Every series featured great games, lots of drama and different heroes every time.
Then Magic and Larry got older, and along came Michael Jordan. And seemingly the Lakers and Celtics kind of went away. Michael racked up 6 titles against all sorts of different opponents and the Celtics and Lakers were a bit irrelevant, at least for awhile.
The End of This Chapter in the Rivalry?
But after watching Game 7 last night, you can’t help but think that this chapter in the saga is drawing to a close. Kobe, while still arguably the best player in the NBA, is nearing or passing his peak physically. And the annual talk began (again) months ago about Phil Jackson leaving for one reason or another.
On the Celtics side, you would be blind if you didn’t notice that KG, Ray Allen and Garnett looked like their legs simply left them during the last 2 games. And Doc Rivers has already said he wants to spend more time with his family. I guess you can’t blame him knowing that re-building is around the corner for the Celtics.
So here’s to game 7’s with guys in green bumping and grinding it out with guys in yellow. Unless LeBron decides to sign with the Celtics I’m afraid it might be awhile until we see it again. But it was sure fun while it lasted.