Tanguay: Celtics need to get back in NBA Lottery

Tanguay: Celtics need to get back in NBA Lottery
February 22, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Gary Tanguay says if the Celtics want to get back to the championship there's only one way to do it. It's not quick, and it's not going to be popular.

The NBA Lottery.

"We're kidding ourselves people when we say that the Celtics can stay 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and rebuild," says Tanguay. "You can't do it. It's never been done. The one exception maybe, the 2004 Pistons."

Tanguay believes the Celtics ownership loves to win so much that they wouldn't allow the team to go through the kind of losing it would take to get a lottery pick, but he believes the team needs to allow contract to expire, get in the lottery and hope to get a star player, or trade the pick and get a star player.

Felger counters that the team is popular and making money because it's a playoff team and able to fill the TD Garden on a regular basis, and they're able to do those things without winning a championship.  He also notes that Forbes recently valued the Celtics at roughly $700 million, and a business worth that kind of money won't blow it up and start from scratch.

Not to be outdone, Tanguay says the only reason the team is worth that money in the first place is because they traded a lottery pick and were able to get Ray Allen, Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett in a single off-season and then went on to win a championship.

For more on the debate, check out the video above.