By Sam Nardone ‘20
Make way for the new and improved Boston Celtics. After a summer for the ages, the C’s introduced a team full of new and returning player on September 25th for the 2017 Media Day. Boston Media Day is where the players join and discuss being apart of such a historic basketball franchise in front of the Boston media for the first time.
One of these exciting new players is recently acquired 25 year old point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving was brought to the Celtics via a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic to Cleveland, along with the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick and the 2020 second-rounder to complete the deal. Before coming to Boston, Irving was a number one pick and four time all-star on a Cavaliers team that reached the NBA Finals three years in a and won the NBA championship in 2016. With all of that under Irving’s belt, he felt that he needed a new atmosphere other than Cleveland, as reported by Comcast Sports Network; “[I had felt that] the Cavs were bored in the middle of the season, and [because of that i’m] 100% percent motivated this year with the Celtics.”
Besides Irving being added to the roster, we also have the illustrious 27 year old small forward Gordon Hayward. Hayward was previously with the Utah Jazz for seven years, only making the playoffs twice and averaging 15 points throughout his career. With Irving and Hayward on the Celtics, what does this mean? This means that they will unite with Celtics tenured center Al Horford to create the modern Celtics’ Big-3. Throughout the preseason, the Celtics Big-3 have had tremendous chemistry and present a powerful force on the court.
The Celtics stat their season on the road versus the reigning eastern conference champions Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17th.