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After the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th championship in franchise history — that’s a lot — against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, one of the major storylines to emerge from the aftermath of the series was the future of the C’s. Head coach Doc Rivers dropped a bombshell, as some said, in his press conference following the Game 7 loss when he stated that he didn’t think Rasheed Wallace would play in the NBA again. Of course, that’s not all.
There’s been rampant speculation with regards to Rivers’ future with the Celtics and whether or not he will coach the team beyond this year, given that he’s openly stated that he’d like to spend more time with his family and kids in Orlando. It remains to be seen what Rivers decides to do. But one thing is for sure — assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will not be on Boston’s sidelines next season, since he will be the new head coach of the Chicago Bulls.
Lastly, there’s reports that Nate Robinson may not return to the Celtics next year. If this was a few months ago, when Robinson was relegated to the bench a majority of the time after he was traded by the New York Knicks, that bit of information would be nothing more than a footnote. However, after Robinson’s performance in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals and in several games during the 2010 NBA Finals, he became an important role player for Boston on the grandest stage in the league. As such, Robinson’s future with the Celtics becomes relevant news. Ray Allen will be a free agent, though he’s said many times he’d like to return to Boston.
Yes, the mainstays for the Celtics will return, like Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, and Kevin Garnett, but the future of the team is up in the air. It should be assumed, out of respect for what they accomplished in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, that Boston will remain a threat to win a title next year. However, it’s fair to question whether or not the Celtics have another amazing playoff run in them. This isn’t to state Boston can’t do it again, though.
So, what does this all mean for the Orlando Magic?
Given the state of the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, too, the Magic have a chance to regain supremacy in the Eastern Conference and take the steps needed to win a championship. There are things working in Orlando’s favor, and they need to take advantage of them while they still can.