The hoopla surrounding the Celtics is complicated. They've basically bought a star-studded team. (Hey, just like us! Only they've done it with "higher" star power) This is when things can get ugly. According to my perception of some Knicks fans, here's how a simulation of how such a fan might react to the moves of the Celtics:
(Start of summer)
Damn, we're going nowhere with Paul Pierce. He's only gotten us a max of 45 wins during his whole tenure as a Celtic, and he's only gotten us a total of 57 wins in the past two seasons.
(Ray Allen gets traded to the Celtics)
What?! Noooooooo!!!! We gave up a pick too? There goes our future. I just know that whoever that pick will be is better than having Allen. We could have a nice core, but now we're paying 17 million to a guy with a lot of mileage on him. Crap, Allen's a good shooter and all, but he's freakin 32 years old. And he doesn't play a lick of defense. I don't think he's a winner either. I think he got lucky back when they won 52, because the next season they only won 35 games. He's not a leader, and we're gonna put him next to Pierce? Maybe I should just give up basketball in Beantown.
(KG goes to the Celtics)
There we go. We just traded our young talent for another veteran. He's good, but he's already 31. How much are we paying him? And for how much longer? His leadership has declined too. I mean, I know he won 57 games a couple years ago, but that was then. His team's wins have decreased, and they didn't even make the playoffs last season. He's a good shotblocker and defender and all, but they won just as many games as the Knicks last year! And the Knicks suck!
(Near the end of summer)
Damn. I thought we were going to get better. We just added good players from last year's losing teams. I don't know why people think we're going to be stellar next season. We'll be better probably, but I think people are way overdoing it.
Now back to reality. Obviously, nearly everyone isn't ruling out the possibility of title contention, but this just goes to reveal the duplicity of some self-proclaimed "universally undisputable basketball knowledge" that a few fans carry.
The whole sports world media doesn't care about possible flaws with the Celtics, they like to look more toward how these guys can possibly help each other. "How does getting Allen and KG take the scoring load off Pierce?" is the question asked as opposed to "They might need three basketballs on the floor at once, how will they fit?". It isn't "The Celtics don't have a mature- enough point guard" or "Kendrick Perkins isn't known for defense". It's "Allen, Pierce, and KG" will do absolutely everything that the team needs to win.
Is it out of the question to have some faith in the Knicks?
"Zach Randolph will lessen the scoring load and pressure off of Eddy Curry."
"Eddy Curry was the leading scorer on a team that made the playoffs."
"Crawford is a good scorer, but I know he can play better. We've seen him try hard on defense under Larry Brown, so he's more than capable."
"Mardy Collins fits nicely as a backup point guard. His size will make post-entry passes hard to defend"
"The players are loyal to Isiah Thomas and will work hard for him"
Don't misunderstand me. I don't think this team is perfect. I think we can play a lot better. I think we still have some moves to make and players to pursue. But I feel that we're going in the right direction. I'll still stand by it. If we're healthy, then it's playoffs or bust next season.