Few people have watched more Boston Celtics games live than Mike Gorman, and cite the vast majority of them as broadcasters for decades, many alongside beloved former Celtics player-turned-coach broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn.
With that intimate knowledge of the team and the sport that so many in the Boston area love, comes a perspective Gorman shared on a recent episode of WEEI’s “Toucher and Rich” show. The long-running Celtics game suggested that all that legacy talk and hand-wringing over whether the team’s young stars can break through to secure a title (we might add before LeBron James or Michael Jordan even reached the final), is perhaps an exaggeration.
“I think we all forgot that they went from being an unlikable bunch of guys who played spirited ball to a bunch of guys who played great and were the best team in the league over a period of about 35 games,” suggested he before.
“We forget how young they are right now,” Gorman remarked. “(Jayson) Tatum is 24, (Jaylen) Brown is 25, (Rob) Williams is 24, (Grant) Williams is 23, (Payton) Pritchard is 24.”
“You look at the list of warriors and you see that (Klay) Thompson is 32, (Stephen) Curry is 34, Draymond Green is 32, (Andre) Iguodala is 38, (Kevon) Looney is even 27. They don’t win championships with 24- and 23-year-olds at the top. That’s no blow to these guys. I think I suddenly realized that this team is way ahead of schedule. And I think as fans we are all a little bit ahead of schedule and have very high expectations of them. While I think Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Rob Williams – they’re all going to see their best basketball in two, three, four years, not necessarily now. I think that might be what I’m leaving this team with at the end of the year, actually you guys are really overachieved. You surpassed everything I thought you could do in the first half of the season. If it doesn’t go well in the next two games, I still think this team really excelled, way overachieved.”
“And look, the future is just ridiculously great because they locked up all these guys, the key players, for two, three years,” the Celtics broadcaster finished.
Of course, that’s not to say that the Celtics’ title win is out of the question, as Boston are playing Game 6 at home and giving them more than a puncher’s chance to force a Game 7 where anything can happen.
But whether you start your thinking at the start of the 2022 NBA playoffs, the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, or even where the team’s main players are in terms of their careers, the Celtics shouldn’t be where they are straight.
Play hard, play loose, and do whatever it takes to win the title. But do it in the context Gorman highlights above, and realize that no matter how Game 6 and beyond plays, the best is likely yet to come.
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