Every great skyscraper started as an empty lot, every great piece of music started as a simple note, and every great champion started with a plan.
While the Celtics returned to glory in 2008, the period from their championship in 1986 until the trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett was, at best, tumultuous.
Episode One of “Anything is Podable” examines the darkest era in Celtics history, looking closely at the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, the team’s decision to hire Rick Pitino, and the end of the original Big Three.
“I lived through the Len Bias tragic situation and I was with Len the night before,” said Danny Ainge. “That was a beginning to lots of things that, sort of, spiraled downward from that point on.”
Tragedy struck the organization again, just seven years later, with the passing of star forward Reggie Lewis.
“At that time [Reggie Lewis] was the best player on the Celtics in that series (1992 against the Cavaliers),” said Michael Holley. “And that was with Bird, that was Bird’s last series, McHale was still there, Parish was still there...I remember Lenny Wilkens just throwing his hands up many times on the off-day press conferences saying, ‘we got no answers for him.’”
Times continued to be tough for Boston in the 90's, but the selection of Paul Pierce with the 10th pick in 1998 offered light at the end of the tunnel for fans.
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.
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.