Everyone expects former champions to be better than when they won their title – so what’s to stop them from breaking the Bulls‘ record of 72 victories set in 1995-96?
Making it really exciting, it remains to be seen which former champ will do it – or if both will – because the 2008 Celtics and the 2009 Lakers think they’re that good.
The Lakers have avoided crowning themselves as local talk show hosts debate whether they will win 75 or 80. The Celtics now have Rasheed Wallace, the NBA‘s answer to Howard Stern, who announced, without prompting: ‘I think we can get that Bulls record.”
Since Sheed has been wrong so many times in a row, that should settle that.
No, really: Showing that the Celtics are either over-confident or talk too much, teammate Glen Davis joined Wallace and said: “We can do some unbelievable things.” But with the likes of Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo playing so well, it’s easy to see why they are so buoyant.
Proving that much, at least, Big Baby then broke his thumb in a fight with his best friend while driving his SUV. There’s no way of knowing if the gods already were tired of hearing the Celtics talk, but it’s possible.