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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fanz23 Sports - Jason Whitlock on Roots of Celtics Title..

Jason Whitlock: Roots of this Celtics title were planted by Red


There appeared to be nothing muted about the celebration in Boston. TD Banknorth Garden shook with energy and emotion Tuesday night when the Celtics claimed their 17th championship.

Even when Kevin Garnett howled at the top of his lungs, in an apparent audition for the remake of Bad Moon, Celtics fans did not stop their delirious rejoicing.
A Finals roster composed of a dozen black men, led by a black head coach provoked pride, ecstasy and pandemonium in a city and a fan base that are often accused of bigotry. For a moment, Boston seemed to love this collection of last-minute-thrown-together Celtics as much as the Larry Bird squads that were pieced together and groomed over a decade.

Obviously, this does not mean that Boston is without racial flaw. It is no different than any other ethnically diverse American city. Our history shows that when things go well, we enthusiastically come together; and when things go bad, we retreat and point fingers, often along color lines.

To read more: http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/8262606/Roots-of-this-Celtics-title-were-planted-by-Red

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