Big Three Must Stay Healthy
Posted by r1zzo23 on September 17, 2008
All last offseason and through the regular season, we stressed how important it was for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to stay healthy if we wanted to win a championship. If we lost any one of them for a long stretch of time, it could have been very detrimental to the team. Ok so I know the team was 9-2 when Garnett missed 11 games throughout the season, but still. The camraderie that the team, especially these three, built right off the bat in Rome was spectacular. They weren’t just teammates when they were at practice or games, but they became the best of friends and family on and off the floor. To lose any of them would be like watching the Patriots with Tom Brady.
The reason I bring this up is because it was announced today that Gilbert Arenas had more surgery on his knee and won’t be back until late December or early January. Watching the Wizards without Gilbert is like watching a totally different team, and some (myself included), actually think that they play better without him. Sure, Agent-0 is capable of lighting up the scoreboard himself, but when the teammates just stand around watching “the show”, that can be very ineffective. When Gil isn’t in the lineup, Eddie Jordan has his team running his Princeton Offense and it’s much more fun to watch, and I’m sure to play, when everyone is getting involved. They still have two all-star caliber players in Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, a young big man in Andre Blatche, a pretty good pass-first point guard in Antonio Daniels to go along with their serviceable big men. Heck, the Wizards did beat the Celtics in back-to-back games without Arenas!
I’m just saying that it’s interesting to look at another trio of all-star players in Arenas, Butler and Jamison and know that perhaps the best of the bunch being out makes the team, as a whole, play a little bit better. You could never say that about Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett. Ray Allen, don’t get me wrong, can easily be the best player on the court for any given game. But when it comes down to it, Pierce is the captain and The Truth and KG is KG. This team just wouldn’t be the same, and absolutely nowhere near as good, if they lost Pierce or Garnett for any extended period of time. Let’s just hope these guys stay in great shape in the offseason, stay healthy for the entire season and get some extra rest along the way by getting the younger players some more burn.