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Old Takes Exposed reminds us of a brutal date in Celtics history

Old Takes Exposed reminds us of a brutal date in Celtics history

The 2018-19 season certainly didn't end well for the Celtics, but an important thing to remember is that it could always be worse. The notorious Twitter account Old Takes Exposed reminded us all how true that sentiment can be Sunday.

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the 1997 NBA Draft Lottery, where the Celtics owned the second-best odds to land the top pick, and generational prospect Tim Duncan. As we know, the Spurs ended up winning while the Celtics fell to the third overall pick. 

Duncan was the ultimate prize in 1997, so losing the lottery was a tough blow to a Celtics franchise that needed a reason for hope after the end of the Larry Bird era and the tragic passing of Reggie Lewis. 

Boston ultimately made out well by selecting future Hall of Fame point guard Chauncey Billups, but Duncan was on another level as a prospect. 

At the time, a Buffalo News column claimed that the Celtics had something better than Tim Duncan; newly hired head coach Rick Pitino. 

Pitino was hired after winning a National Championship with the University of Kentucky, but his six-year run in Boston was not nearly as successful. He posted a 192-220 record as head coach, traded Billups during his rookie season along with Dee Brown for Kenny Anderson, Popeye Jones and Zan Tabak. Not great. 

And of course, there was the famous, "Not walking through that door," rant. 

Pitino at least drafted Celtics legend Paul Pierce, but his tenure as the team's head coach is one of the darker spots in the franchise's history. 

Duncan went on to win five championships with the Spurs and leaves a legacy as arguably the best power forward of all time. 

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Report: Timberwolves, Garnett in advanced discussions regarding buyout

Report: Timberwolves, Garnett in advanced discussions regarding buyout

Ex-Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett is reportedly close to ending his days in Minnesota, with Marc Stein of ESPN reporting that the two parties are in advanced talks to end Garnett's time with the Timberwolves.

Garnett played with Boston from 2007-2013, averaging 15.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. He was an all-star in five of his six season with the Celtics, helping them win their 17th NBA title in 2008.

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If Garnett elects to end his career with the buyout, the NBA will send off Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in the same offseason.

NBA Question of the Day: Who's the most fundamental player?

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NBA Question of the Day: Who's the most fundamental player?

We take a look at three players who, while certainly aren’t Tim Duncan 2.0, each brings a similar, well-balanced fundamentally sound brand of basketball to the game 

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