The Boston Celtics can not be happy. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce can not be happy. Without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics simply were not the same team during the 2009 playoffs and greatly suffered without him, ultimately losing a seven game series to the Orlando Magic. To be honest, the fact that Boston took Orlando to 7 games is pretty impressive in and of itself when you consider the ease with which the Magic buried the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals.
With that said, the Boston Celtics will look to exact revenge on the Magic in 2009-2010. With a healthy Kevin Garnett at their disposal, the team will look to pick up right where it left off after it won an NBA title during the 2007-2008 basketball season.
Essentially everyone from last year will be back in action. The big three (Garnett, Pierce, Allen) are all back in tow, and Rajon Rondo, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, and the rest of the supporting cast are there as well. Out is Stephon Marbury, which may in fact be a good thing for the team.
In is Rasheed Wallace. A seasoned veteran with playoff experience, and enough talent to still play some highly effective basketball, Sheed will add a much needed lift to the Celtics, who will be forced to compete with a competitive set of teams. The Magic have bolstered their roster with Vince Carter, and the Cavs have recruited Shaquille O'Neal. Wallace is a necessity in Boston, as the level of competition has been upped yet another notch.
The clock is ticking until the start of basketball season. The Celtics can not wait.