So President Obama got a do-over on his oath of office (which was a colossal flub). And if a successful man like Barack Obama can get a do-over, then why can’t the Celtics? I found a few that the C’s would like:
December 24, 1969: Celtics coach Tommy Heinsohn, frustrated by guiding the Celtics through what many would consider a post-Bill Russell era rebuilding year, decides to start unheralded youngster Rich Neimann. Neimann lives up to his career “per 36 minute” averages of almost 16 points and 13-plus rebounds and becomes the key “energy player” that helps carry the Celtics through the rough patch. The surprise phenom helps ease the load on the team’s stars, John Havlicek and Don Nelson, as well as phenomenal rookie Jo Jo White. The re-energize Celtics ride the Neimann wave to four more championships… which runs their streak to 17 straight. The Celtics win in 1974 makes it 18. The streak finally ends in 1975 when all other NBA teams threaten to quit.
Don’t worry C’s fans, I found a do-over for the Rick Pitino era too that I know you’ll like.
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