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Patience Is All We Need

With the success of Boston sports over the last 17 years or so, patience has become an unfamiliar word with fellow Bostonians. Patriots probably have a thing or two to do with this, but a great problem to have nonetheless. Fans expect the Pats to be competing for a Super Bowl almost every year and ultimately, is exactly what Danny Ainge and the Celtics are striving for. Consistency goes a long way in this town (and championships). Luckily for the Celtics, they have 17 of them to boast about. Ainge understands the importance of these championships, but knows in today's NBA that it will not happen overnight.

Over the last few years there has been a great debate amongst Celtics fans. Do the Celtics build through the draft and hope to land big free agents? Or do they go out and land a big name star through a trade, at the expense of valuable roster players? It has become clear the direction Ainge has gone with this, drafting Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, while landing Al Horford and Gordon Hayward via free agency. With Cleveland and Golden State seemingly forever lurking around the corner, it is hard to convince anyone that these moves alone will bring the Celtics back to its championship ways. Because of a little thing called patience, however, those championships could be closer than you think.

The Celtics have something every other NBA team wishes they could have. Stability and assets. As overplayed as Danny Ainge's assets have become around here, they will play a key role in becoming the Eastern Conference powerhouse that the C's once were during the Big 3 era. This might happen sooner than fans expected, with Cleveland one season away from becoming a dumpster fire. Kyrie wants out and rumors are flying around everywhere that LeBron is fleeing for the Western Conference after this year. This leaves Boston all alone in the East as the perennial powerhouse other teams are trying to take down. It was hard to imagine during the 2013-14 season that a little bit of patience could get us to the point where we are at now, the cusp of becoming the NBA's next dynasty.

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