Before anyone gets too happy about the Celts dealing youth for a veteran... here's the Celtics We Gave Up On All Star Team:
C- Ben Wallace... Detroit's title team anchor was ours for the asking, but Pitino didn't like him. He went on to become the NBA's best defensive center since Olajuwon.
G- Chauncey Billups.... Speaking of people Pitino didn't likem Chauncey won the Finals MVP after Rick gave up on him after 30 games or so. He was our last good point guard.
G- Joe Johnson... Given away for spare change (Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers)that got us one playoff series win or so, he's now a franchise player for Atlanta. He can play the point, too.
F- Antoine Walker... I was never that sold on him, but we have a bench guard, a ghetto troublemaker and an expiring contract to show for him.
F- Ricky Davis..... Ricky Buckets had a lousy personality, but he could guard people better than that stiff Wally can.
May as well have a bench team...
C- Tony Battie
F- Danny Fortson
F- Bruce Bowen
G- Mike James
G- Chucker Atkins
May as well have two bench teams....
F- Tony Battie
F- Gin Baker
G- Marcus Banks