Is it May 20, 2014, yet?
That’s when the Ping-Pong balls will dance, holding the fate of the NBA’s worst teams, some of whom may be thinking about losing their way to the top, to a supposed savior like Andrew Wiggins.
Given the option, most Celtics fans may prefer to skip ahead to the 2014 NBA draft lottery, pausing only perhaps to witness the emotional reunions when Doc Rivers (now with the Los Angeles Clippers) and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (both in Brooklyn) return to Boston.
But, alas, no fast-forward button exists. The Boston Three Party is over and Year One of the Big Dig-esque rebuild officially will begin Wednesday when the Celtics open the regular season against the Raptors in Toronto.
These Celtics are greener than their uniforms, starting with 37-year-old Brad Stevens, the NBA’s youngest coach, formerly of Butler. The rookie coach said he doesn’t believe in “rebuilding” because “every year you’re building something.” Still, with Pierce and Garnett departed in a blockbuster trade to Brooklyn, Stevens doesn’t have much elite talent to work with.
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