The 2013/14 NBA season has started, and one of the teams with most history and tradition in the NBA will put their hopes in young men.
The Boston Celtics will start a new era this season, so they are no longer one of the favourite teams to win the title. If you want to bet on sports, keep the green team out of your picks.
It will be the first time that Boston will be led by a college coach since Rick Pitino signed in 1997. Brad Stevens, who spent his last six years at Butler University, signed for the next six seasons, replacing Doc Rivers, who left to coach Los Angeles Clippers. Their new coach was not even born when legendary Bill Russell won his eleventh championship. An inexperienced coach in the NBA hasn’t led the green team since Alvin “Doggie ” Julian gave his place to Red Auerbach in 1950. It will be a great challenge for Stevens, as he will work with a lot of young people after the departure of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. They were both sent to the New Jersey Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first round draft picks.
The Celtics traded with the Dallas Mavericks to get the 13th pick of the Draft and selected Canadian center Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 62.9 percent last season. Boston struggled last season in rebounds, ranking 29th the league.
This will be Rajon Rondo’s team, who has become the face of the franchise in recent years. He is still recovering of the injury that ended last season earlier for him, but the Celtics believe he can be a role model for their new generation of players.
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