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Anything is Podable Episode Three: How the Big Three got to Boston

Anything is Podable Episode Three: How the Big Three got to Boston

While plenty of franchises have waited longer than 22 years in between championships, the Boston Celtics are held to a different standard.

Episode Three of NBC Sports Boston’s “Anything is Podable” puts the construction of the 2008 championship team under the microscope, examining the dominoes that fell, resulting in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett forming a new “Big Three” with Paul Pierce.

Before “Trader Danny” could get his hands on Allen and Garnett, however, the team waited anxiously for the results of the NBA Draft Lottery.

With the second-best odds, Celtics fans had realistic dreams of seeing either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant holding up a Boston jersey on draft night.

“In the ‘07 Draft, we had a lot of hope that we were going to get one of these top two guys,” said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. “Danny had targeted one of them, and it was in fact Durant, and that’s the truth, but we didn’t know where our pick was going to be, but we had the number two slot in the lottery. So, we figured we were going to get one, two, or three most likely.”

Things did not go according to plan, however, and despite their high odds of landing one of the two potential franchise cornerstones, Boston ended up with the fifth pick in the draft.

“You can’t even make the argument that might be a game-changer at five,” said Michael Holley. “There wasn’t.”

While the fall to five stung, it immediately set Ainge and his team into action, exploring trade possibilities with Minnesota and Seattle.

“I didn’t know what to expect when we got Ray Allen,” said Kendrick Perkins. “I just was like…we got Jesus Shuttlesworth.”

“Me, Kevin McHale, and Danny went golfing, and when I finished golfing, I walked in my room and said ‘we’re going to get Kevin Garnett,” Doc Rivers stated.

The process of acquiring Allen and Garnett saw its fair share of twists and turns, but in the end, the new Big Three had made its way to Boston.

With Ainge and Rivers now in charge of all things on the court, Grousbeck and his team were on their way to fulfilling their goal.

Anything is Podable is a ten-part series diving into the story of the 2008 Celtics and their championship season, with exclusive, never-before-heard interviews with team executives, former players, and media members.

Narrated by Kyle Draper, it’s the perfect way for Celtics fans to pass time this offseason and get excited for 2018-19, a season in which the Celtics have as good a chance at raising their 18th championship banner as they’ve had since that magical 2008 season.

Fans can subscribe to the podcast through the link below and check out the other nine episodes for a look at this exclusive series.

Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

The draft is a few days away and NBA free agency opens at the end of the month, but it seems like the Celtics have undergone a transformation the past few days.

1:17 - Chris Forsberg joins the BST crew to discuss the surprising reports that Al Horford will not return to Boston next season.

7:43 - Jackie MacMullan stops by Early Edition to talk about the reports that Kyrie Irving is ghosting the Celtics as well as how Gordon Hayward may have played a role in the Celtics chemistry struggles.

13:20 - Brian Scalabrine calls into BST to give his thoughts on the Celtics potentially losing both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving this summer.


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Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

It's a near certainty at this point that Kyrie Irving is leaving the Celtics to sign elsewhere, and even though it's not official yet, Marcus Smart seems ready to take over the starting point guard duties. 

In a season marred with inconsistencies from the Celtics on the court, Smart was a steadying presence on both sides of the floor. He was named to the NBA's First All-Defensive Team and shot a career-high 36.4 percent from three to go along with his all-around contributions on offense. Smart started 60 games for the Celtics as an off-guard this past season after he was used primarily as a sixth man in the previous two seasons.

With Irving's likely departure and Terry Rozier's upcoming restricted free agency, it may seem like the Celtics have an obvious hole to fill at starting point guard. Not so fast. Smart has shown he is more than capable of being the lead ball handler for Brad Stevens and the Celtics could certainly use as much of his infectious energy as possible at this point. 

What could be the most important part of Smart's tweet is that on a night where the Celtics were suddenly at a real risk of losing Irving and Al Horford at the start of free agency, Smart gave Celtics fans something to smile about. 

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