We ask a lot of the athletes in this town. We want them to perform, of course, but even more than that, we want them to care as much as we do. 



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While it's hard to see past the historic turnaround and 17th NBA title, it was only a year ago that many basketball pundits were questioning the depth of the Boston Celtics bench.



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Mike Gorman loves to tell the story from the summer of 2007, a few days after the Celtics had acquired Kevin Garnett. The longtime broadcaster was en route to the State House for the team’s Heroes Among Us banquet.



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If the West was a mind-blowing trip through the pastiche of day-glo psychedelia, the East is a can of Pabst and a shot of Wild Turkey.



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The West is the best. That’s what drunken pseudo-poet Jim Morrison once told us, and while it’s advisable not to take his advice too often (dropping psychedelics in the desert is really only useful for producing a half-decent episode of Entourage) the Lizard King was right about this one.



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It’s early in the first quarter, but the Nets have already tipped their hand. They’re going to be playing off the point guard and looking to help on the Celtics stars.



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It has been four months since the Boston Celtics captured the NBA championship and the players can still smell champagne on their shoes. The memories of celebration are still fresh on their minds and the magnitude of their accomplishments still leave many at a loss for words.



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J.R. Giddens wasn't sure what to expect from Bill Walker. Even though he had seen him play plenty of times in college, the two rookies had never crossed paths in the NCAA circuit.



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Winning a world championship gets you a lot of things-a big shiny trophy, a Duck Boat parade, face time with Stuart Scott. It also gets you validation.



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The separation was obvious last season when the Golden State Warriors came to Boston.



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