In our second part of ‘Green Runs Deep’, we feature Olivia, yet another die-hard Boston Celtics fan, and Paul “The Truth” Pierce fanatic. We at Celtics Down Under are once again deeply honoured to have such a lovely and dedicated Celtics fan sharing their story with us. -AusCelticsFan
Please tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Olivia (@Olivia_Celtics) and I am from Massachusetts. I am 16 years old, and a junior in high school. I love to listen to music, laugh with friends, and of course watch my Boston Celtics!
How did you first become a fan of the Boston Celtics?:
My cousin and I were very close growing up and did almost everything together. We loved the same things from a very young age up until we had to leave each other when we graduated from junior high. With that being said, she met Ray Allen in the fall of 2010 at an open practice and from there told me to start watching them with her. From then on each game I watched I fell more and more in love. There’s something special about being part of something big, and that’s how I feel to this day about being a Celtics fan. You’re there for the ups and the downs, just like the players are.
When did you first see the Celtics play (Television)? When did you manage to see your first live Celtics game??
I can’t remember the first time I watched the Celtics play on television. I do know I used to watch the end of a game every once and a while with my dad when he came home from work late. I did not do it for sake of the Celtics though, just to spend time with him. The first time I saw the Celtics live at the TD Garden was in December of 2008 when they played the Utah Jazz. My dad did like the Jazz in the 90’s when they had John Stockton and Karl Malone, so whenever the Jazz come to town we still try to make it to a game. Anyways, I remember we sat pretty close and all I can remember thinking was this place is big and the players are even bigger!
This is always a hard question for me to have to answer, considering the situation. Everybody who knows me knows that I absolutely LOVE Paul Pierce. He was and still is such a big part of my life. I remember before I went to my first game my aunt and uncle asked me which shirt I wanted and they named off 4-5 players before they said Pierce and for some reason I said I wanted his!
For 2 years I owned the shirt but did not think much until November 3rd, 2010 when I happened to be at my 2nd Celtics game and Pierce made his 20,000th point. Hearing the crowd and seeing his emotions really made me think, “This guy must be something special”. From there I learned a lot about him and took pride in calling him my favorite player. He really stole my heart. When he was traded, I cried myself to sleep that night. I miss him so much and I know the entire Celtics family does as well. I really hope he comes back to the organisation in some capacity. In the end, nobody will ever beat him for the spot of my favorite Celtics player.
He really stole my heart. When he was traded, I cried myself to sleep that night. I miss him so much and I know the entire Celtics family does as well. – Olivia, on Paul Pierce.
Australia has such a tight-knit Celtics ‘family’, as do so many countries around the world. But obviously, the greatest Boston Celtics community is in the great city of Boston itself. Can you tell us about how these Celtics communities, whether globally, or in Boston, make you feel a part of such a large, and loving sisterhood/brotherhood?
Firstly, I would like to say that twitter is one of the best things that has happened to me. As crazy as it sounds, it just is. It has given me so many amazing opportunities! From meeting Sean Grande, to Walter McCarty, to sitting courtside at an open practice, to even getting a follow form the Celtics official twitter account! It really is incredible. But, the most important thing that has come out of it is a few friendships that I know will be lifelong.
I remember first becoming close with my friend summer (@summerrito), a few months after I created my account. We shared an incredible love for Paul Pierce, and that has really been the base of our friendship. It has been almost two years since we became friends and she has become one of my favorite people in the world. We talk and laugh every day, and I will always be grateful for that.
Someone who has seriously touched my life in many, many ways is the girl I call my “big sister”, Sam (@mssamanthamay). We became friends a few months after Summer and I did and from there it’s history. We are on such a personal level and I can go to her for anything. We met four times last season at Celtics games, and I just saw her a few weeks ago at the open practice and at opening night. She is taking me to Celtics vs Wizards to see Paul in December! I can’t wait.
The final person who has made me feel like I’m in a sisterhood environment is my friend Katie (@KatieTDE). We just became friends 4-5 months ago or so but we talk every day and have hung out because it turns out we live in the same town! I love to laugh with her and I can’t wait to finally have somebody to watch games with me at home!
Can you tell us about your proudest, or most memorable moment that’s occurred whilst being such a loyal member of the Boston Celtics fan base?
A very memorable moment occurred on January 26th, 2014, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to the TD Garden for the first time since the trade. I had begged my parents since the schedule came out that previous July to get tickets. They did not feel like it was important enough (I know, crazy!) and so I took matters into my own hands and saved my money from cleaning tables at my dad’s restaurant and spent $400 on tickets so I could sit as close as possible to the court. I was able to sit next to my friend Summer as well, so that was very special. To see and hear the crowd that night was something else. I will never ever forget it. I am so happy that I was able to experience such a night, and thank Pierce and KG in every way I could for making my life so much better over the years.
Last season saw the return of a less than 100% Rajon Rondo, a revolving door of players, and a 25 win-57 loss season. How do you see the 2014/15 season treating the Celtics over 82 games?
I’ve noticed progress already with this team, especially offensively. If we can keep our significantly big leads that we seem to build every game, and keep working on improving our defense, I think our record will be 39-43.
We make a trade to potentially step forward as playoff contenders. What position do we trade for? Who would be your ideal candidate? And who and what would you give up for it?
It is hard for me to say who exactly I would want to give up, because I am no Danny Ainge. But what I can tell you is that we are in desperate need of a true Center. I remember when KG was on the team and we had to make him play that position and he wasn’t happy. This has been a re-occurring issue and I hope Ainge makes the right decision and tries to make a push for a Center sometime soon.
Favorite non-Celtic player, current and past? And why?
This is a question that really made me think for a few minutes. In the end I would have to say Kevin Durant. Besides the fact that he is a great versatile player, his actions on and off the court really stick out to me. When I like a player it’s not just because of their stats. They have to be respectful on the court and do what’s best for their team and KD really is the epitome of that. I only respected him more when I watched his MVP speech last year. Instead of talking about himself he emotionally thanked his teammates as well as his mother, and it was an amazing thing to see. I would love watching him get a ring someday… on the Celtics of course!
Can you share your thoughts on our Celtics community down here? Do you see a lot of the Celtic Pride in our many members? Any plans to visit us one day? You’ll be welcomed with open arms by all.
I think you all are a very tight-knit group and I respect how much you love the Boston Celtics. It truly shows that it doesn’t matter how far away you are. The green runs through your veins, and your Celtic pride is off the charts.
I would love to someday pay a visit, or even maybe see you all at the TD Garden for a game!
Olivia, we’d love that. See you one day soon!!
Celtics Down Under would like to thank Olivia for taking part in our ‘Green Runs Deep’ Fan Q&A.