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Age of Love: Kittens or Cougars?

Posted by r1zzo23 on August 9, 2007

Reality television added a new type of “love interest” show to its repertoire this summer television season with “Age of Love”. One bachelor (age 30) got to date multiple gorgeous women. Half of them were in their young 20s (kittens) and the other half were in their 40s (cougars). He then has to decide who he wants to start his life with. If he wants some young, exciting and energetic woman with only a potential life-long relationship, he’s taking a kitten. You want someone that’s ready to settle down right now and make something special immediately, he’ll choose one of the older, yet equally attractive, cougars.

That’s all I want to say about the reality television, but the comparisons to the Celtics are almost alarming. Danny Ainge could be considered that eligible bachelor having to decide whether to stick with the young potential studs he had waited so long to acquire (the kittens) or trade the entire farm for the grizzled veterans yearning for that special someone or something (the cougars). In all honesty, before the draft, and even after the lottery, I was all for keeping the kittens and going full-blown rebuilding by trading Paul Pierce. Even when the Garnett rumors were flying around for the first time, I wasn’t too excited about it because I wasn’t so sure how far that team could go. Then, as many Celtics fans like to say, the first shoe fell…

Draft day trade: Celtics trade Wally, Delonte and their #5 pick for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.

My original reaction: WHYYYYYYY!!!!! Why get rid of both Delonte and essentially Yi for a 32 year old shooting guard coming off two ankle surgeries? I was disgusted not only about acquiring Ray Allen, but then spending the 2nd rounder we got from the Sonics on Glen Davis.

After I cooled down a bit, I took a step back and realized Ray Allen is still an all-star caliber player in the NBA and we got rid of Wally. I guess I could just hope that Yi turns out to be a terrible bust and then this deal is looking pretty good. But still, to this day, I’m not too happy about losing Delonte in the deal.

Then Celtics nation sat around and waited for the other shoe to fall. We were pretty confident it would happen considering you couldn’t trade for Ray Allen and expect him with Pierce and Jefferson to compete for a title. I would have been utterly disgusted if that 2nd shoe didn’t fall. For some time, it looked like Danny was content with going into the season with the current roster as we watched free agent after free agent getting plucked out of the pool by teams looking to better themselves now. Isn’t that what we should have been doing? Wasn’t this the Year of the Cougar in Boston? Wasn’t looking like it. But then, it happened.

Danny Ainge pulled the trigger and traded essentially our entire litter for the hungriest cougar in league. Kevin Garnett is the scariest mutha (SHUT YO MOUTH!) on the court and if there’s one thing that makes him happy, it’s winning. A no-doubt Hall of Famer, Ainge paired Garnett up with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to form the most dangerous trio in the entire NBA. We still had a couple kittens in house that will tease us with their potential (Rondo, Perkins, Tony Allen), but the three cougars were the talk of the town. But could those three alone carry us to a title? Maybe. Maybe not. Why not add some more veterans?

Celtics, in a swift manor, signed Eddie House as a backup point guard and then Scot Pollard shortly after. Eddie House, although not your prototypical point guard, is a great scoring option for this team off the bench. If he’s on the floor with Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen, he is going to get so many open three-point shots he’s going to look like an all-star himself. Who knows, he could be this years’ Jason Kapono. Celtic fans could only hope. Then Ainge gives us Pollard as a backup big man. Pollard, perhaps known for his crazy hair lately rather than his play, can be a good offensive rebounder and a big defender on the block. He’s also a great locker room presence and seems like a fun guy to be around. Wow, the Celtics went from perhaps the youngest team in the league to as many veterans they could get their hands on in the span of two months. That was fun. But wait, we’re not done.

Recently reported on, both Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge admit they have cat scratch fever, and the only prescription is another veteran. This time, they want another Hall of Famer. Reggie Miller, who retired two seasons ago, expressed interest in returning to the NBA last season, but confirmed he received calls from Doc and Danny about returning for the Celtics. He’s considering the offer and weighing his options. Also, Troy Hudson is still an option for the Celtics as he has been bought out of his contract by the Timberwolves. Is this seriously the same Celtics team that had the 2nd worst record in the league last year?

This is what makes the circle of life so great. When we have something so young, jubilant and just happy to be in the world, we cherish them and never want to let them go. But when your kittens turn into cougars and you realize that you have something special, you can truly appreciate everything you have been through. Celtic fans have seen their team grow so quickly. We didn’t want to see the youth go, but when you take a step back and look at the scenario, we are going to witness something very special.


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