The Boston Celtics have fostered some of the greatest NBA stars in the game’s history. But certainly not all of them. There was an equal and opposite rivaling force for every Cs great to dominate. Usually on the Lakers.
Bill Russell had Wilt Chamberlain. Larry Bird and Kevin McHale had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
While Boston, throughout history, largely has had a top guy. There’s always been someone out there whose star burned brighter in the mainstream basketball-watching world. That’s the draw of Hollywood.
The draw of Boston has been titled, and well-put-together rosters top to bottom. Often at the expense of the face of the league. History will be written by the game’s transcendent megastars and the Celtics teams that stopped them from monopolizing the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Certain NBA stars will never play for the Boston Celtics
Some players are not meant to don the green and white and play home games at 100 Legends Way. It’s not a role everyone can handle.
These 3 NBA superstars will never play for the Boston Celtics:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
No NBA superstar looks less likely to jump ship in his career than the Milwaukee Bucks’ wholesome superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. The ‘Greek Freak’ was involved with many trade scenarios before the Bucks won the 2021 NBA Championship. Still, that title, clinched by unreal dominance by the eventual Finals MVP after suffering what looked like a severe knee injury in the Eastern Conference finals, likely keeps him in ‘Deer District’ for life.
- LeBron James
LeBron James is never setting foot inside the T.D. The Garden home locker room would be akin to Thanos joining the Avengers. The ‘king’ meant to have an oppositional force that will always meet him at the summit, and the Cs represent the last team James even views that way.
The Golden State Warriors, always thought to be James’ mortal enemies, are a team James may have been engaging in this offseason. It is what LeBron had to say when asked what superstars he’d like to play with:
It’ll be a cold day in hell before James talks about the Cs this way.
- Kevin Durant
This offseason of Kevin Durant mock trades to the Boston Celtics, there’s been a strange trend this offseason. It’s an idea that is almost outlandish as his Nets co-star Kyrie Irving is returning to Beantown in the offseason.
The idea of Boston trading away Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, and other core members while also dangling multiple draft picks for a 33-year-old with a laundry list of injuries throughout his career is a silly one.
Durant and Irving have all the power within the Nets organization, so why cede that to go a franchise that no player has ever called the shots for? Also, let’s not forget that Durant and Irving were insinuating that the entire city of Boston is still living in dark times regarding social justice matters.