“Paul and Kevin exemplified everything it means to be a Celtic,” Celtics managing partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck said. “They were instrumental in bringing back Celtic Pride and providing our fans with the franchise’s first championship in over 20 years in 2008. We wish them nothing but the best in the future.”
The Nets went 49-33 in their first season in Brooklyn and have spent big in hopes of bettering that in 2013-14. They blew well past the luxury tax line and are facing a bill of $80 million in taxes, but Prokhorov wanted a title within five years of owning the team.
The window to win is small, two years at the most given the ages of Pierce and Garnett — though King sees those as incentive more than detriment.
“I enjoy the fact that people keep questioning Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce because I know that they’ll come out and prove people wrong,” King said.
The Celtics hadn’t won a title since 1986 before they acquired Garnett and Allen in 2007. They joined with Pierce to form the core of a team that won 66 games and a title their first season together.