Exclusive NBC Sports Boston Two-Hour Documentary on the 2008 Celtics Championship Team - 10 Years Later - Featuring In-Depth Interviews with Players, Coaches, Executives & Media
BURLINGTON, MA, May 22, 2018– The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics Championship team finished their season with a record of 66 -16 -- posting the best single-season turnaround in NBA history, while also bringing Boston their first Championship title since 1986. The team is still talked about today -- 10 years later -- as one of the first and most fascinating Super Teams of this era.
On Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm, NBC Sports Boston will debut a 2-hour documentary -- “Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics” presented by Coastal Heritage Bank -- which begins its story back in 1986 after the Celtics won the NBA Finals and brings viewers through the years to 2008 when they won their next Championship. This NBC Sports Boston-produced original documentary includes exclusive and insightful interviews with the team’s players and other key constituents and serves as a sequel to the network’s “The ’86 Celtics” documentary which debuted in 2016.
The documentary -- narrated by Boston native and Celtics fan Donnie Wahlberg -- features exclusive interviews from key members of the 2008 Celtics team including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins. Also featured are role players James Posey, Eddie House, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Leon Powe, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine, plus key mid-season acquisitions P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell. In addition, the film includes interviews and guest appearances from Coaches, Executives and Media including Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeau, Danny Ainge, Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca, Rich Gotham, Michael Holley, Marc J. Spears and more.
Highlights from “Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics” will include:
After 1986 - Building the next Championship Team
- Begins with a close look at what went wrong after winning the 1986 Title
- A deep dive into the difficulty the franchise experienced in the 1990’s and early 2000’s
- A look at the purchase of the Boston Celtics by Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca
- The subsequent hiring of Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers -- two of the major components to the title team
- An in-depth look at the game-changing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett trades
- How the word “Ubuntu” became an essential part of the team
- Paul Pierce’s backstory, history with the franchise, and overall importance to the 2008 team
- A breakdown of Doc Rivers’ motivational tactics as he coached this team to a Championship
- Kevin Garnett’s intensity and how it elevated everyone’s game
The Playoffs & Finals
- The Atlanta Hawks pushing the Celtics to the limit in First Round of Playoffs
- Paul Pierce and LeBron James’ classic Game 7 duel in the Eastern Conference Semifinals
- Beating the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals
- A Renewed rivalry with the Lakers in the NBA Finals and winning the Championship
After the Championship
- A flashback of the Duck Boat victory parade
- Aftermath of the team - 2009 KG injury, 2010 NBA Finals loss against Lakers
- Ray Allen’s abrupt departure in 2012 -- why it happened, why players were upset
- Where players relationships stand now and where it’s likely headed next
- Legacy of the 2008 Celtics - one of best defensive NBA teams of all-time and arguably the most competitive group of players ever assembled
Leading up to the documentary debut, NBCSportsBoston.com and @NBCSBoston will feature teaser videos, plus bonus content not included in the special, to give fans a preview. The network will also release several podcasts over the summer which will include exclusive content and interview material.
“Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics” will be presented with limited commercials thanks to sponsor Coastal Heritage Bank. After its original debut on Tuesday, May 29th, the special will repeat throughout the following months, only on NBC Sports Boston (check local listings for airtimes).