If you're looking for a good time on Tuesday night, just hop on either the green line or the orange line, get off at North Station and get ready to party like a rock star. The bars and clubs around the Garden will be hopping. The Celtics are back, and this time they're even bigger. Beantown is now also Shaqtown!
And as if the addition of the future Hall of Famer wasn't enough to get your blood pumping, this year's season opener carries more hype than the iPad. Tuesday night features the hometown Big Three vs. The Miami Big Three. That's a whole lot of star power.
There's just one problem. The whole concept of the "Big Three" is really nothing new. Just think about it. We all obviously remember our most recent Big Three (Peirce, Garnett, & Allen) that won it all in 2008 and made it to Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year. Also, of course, the 1957-58 Celtics had a roster with seven future Hall of Famers. But we don't have to go that far to find other teams that have formed a "Big Three-plus" to rule the basketball world. Just take a look at the Lakers of last year (Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest).
This year it's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh getting all the attention, but did everyone already forget the 2006 Heat that won it all? All they had was Wade, Shaq, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning and James Posey — not a bad bunch if you ask me.
It's not that I don't appreciate the opportunity to watch megastars playing together and beating up on the "common" stars, it's just that I don't understand why everyone is making such a big deal out of it, as if it were something we've never seen before. It's done all the time.
At the end of it all, it's not what any "Big Three" does; it's what your team does during the "Big 82" that really matters. And this year, I'm ready to put Boston's "Big 15" up against any "Big Three."