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When studying the right way to write once more (after not writing something of significance since faculty), one piece of recommendation that caught was: “Tales aren’t about you. Don’t use “I” a lot. Simply write concerning the topic.”

I’m going to fail at that right here. I sincerely hope you’ll indulge me in that failure.

I received’t bury the lede. That is my final season overlaying the Boston Celtics for CelticsBlog.

I’m sharing this now, as a result of it’s nearly as good a time as any. And since I don’t wish to distract in any respect from the upcoming playoff run by dropping in a random piece in the course of the most effective a part of the season. I’m egocentric, however not that egocentric. And for the season to finish and easily not write right here anymore after that final sport, appears bizarre and disingenuous. So, right here we’re.

For individuals who love drama, I hate to disappoint, however there’s no nefarious cause. It’s simply time for me to maneuver on. I’m nonetheless going to be overlaying the NBA. I’ll be doing much more writing concerning the wage cap, rosters, transactions and all that kind of stuff on Spotrac shifting ahead. In fact, that may nonetheless imply some Celtics stuff.

What I received’t be doing is overlaying the Celtics day-to-day anymore. And that’s actually, actually bittersweet.

My area of interest within the NBA world is the cap, the CBA and roster stuff. Outdoors of video games, it’s what I like probably the most concerning the league. It’s additionally, by far, what I’m greatest at writing about. It’s time to lean into that extra, and we’ve bought some actually cool initiatives deliberate that I’m enthusiastic about.

However to do this, it means I received’t have time to cowl the Celtics the way in which I’ve for nearly seven years now. And meaning leaving CelticsBlog.

That half sucks.

My first article on CelticsBlog posted on August 20, 2016. It was about Boston signing Marcus Georges-Hunt. My second article? It was concerning the Celtics renouncing the draft rights to Colton Iverson. So, yeah, miscellaneous transactions have at all times been my sport.

Since then, I’ve written over 1,000 different articles. And I’m hoping there are nonetheless an entire lot extra to come back earlier than this season is claimed and completed.

None of it occurs with out the help of some really particular individuals. Individuals who don’t get almost sufficient love or shine for what they convey Celtics followers right here with CelticsBlog.

Jeff Clark known as “The Blogfather” for a cause. He’s the most effective, most supportive boss anybody may hope to have. His mantra is “Life first, weblog second” and he really means it. Every time any of us have wanted something that has nothing to do with basketball, Jeff has at all times been there with no matter help he can provide. And when it’s time to work, Jeff encourages every of us to run with no matter we wish, so long as we put our greatest effort and coronary heart into it. That’s uncommon in a world the place writers get pigeon-holed early on.

Invoice Sy is somebody I’m proud to have labored with for this lengthy, however I’m even prouder to name him my good friend. There have been manner too many 2:00 AM ET disaster of religion the place Invoice has patiently listened, earlier than providing some sage recommendation. Typically it’s about writing, however it’s extra usually about life. There may be nothing extra you may ask for in an editor, or, extra importantly, a good friend.

I’m nowhere close to naïve sufficient to consider that I’m a straightforward individual to work with. I’m cussed, I like a great combat and I’m typically pleased to wallow in distress of my very own creation. I place an outsized significance on sports activities, particularly basketball and the Celtics. And that drives an excessive amount of of my temper, together with in our digital CelticsBlog workspace.

I additionally suppose I’m loyal to those that are loyal to me. I attempt to be useful. I forgive and neglect fairly rapidly. I’ll go to battle with my CelticsBlog household any day. That even contains after I’m prepared to guide the cost and remainder of the crew is questioning the place that cost is even headed.

Briefly: you may take the boy out of Boston, however you may’t take Boston out of the boy.

It hasn’t at all times been straightforward overlaying the Celtics from afar as I’ve over almost seven years. I’m not across the workforce sufficient to essentially do it correctly. I don’t have the relationships with the gamers and coaches that others have constructed. My relationships with those that cowl the workforce within the media are virtually solely digital too.

To compensate for these lacking items, I’ve tried to work actually exhausting. I’ve dipped into my education to attempt to educate. I’ve tried to create a lane for myself within the Celtics media world, after which to remain principally in it.

Jeff and Invoice have allowed for that. And so they’ve allowed for me go outdoors of that lane after I felt I must. Twice, my household misplaced beloved canines and twice I took to CelticsBlog to write down about it. I nonetheless get emails, tweets and feedback concerning the Bernie and Matty articles to this present day. Greater than about anything I’ve ever written about. That’s how you recognize this place is particular.

Jeff, Invoice and the SB Nation guys additionally stored me going throughout the pandemic. For individuals who don’t know my backstory, I give up my full-time profession of almost 20 years with The Walt Disney Firm to cowl the NBA…three weeks earlier than the season shut down in 2020. Good timing, huh?

All through that months-long stretch with out video games, I used to be stored afloat by CelticsBlog. I wrote about all types of stuff throughout that stretch that was solely tangentially basketball-related. However we stored going and all of it ended up alright in the long run.

I additionally owe because of Kevin O’Connor for making this entire factor occur within the first place. Kevin and I bonded over Blake Griffin rumors, Russell Westbrook rumors and useless whales in San Diego. What a bizarre summer time that was.

When Kevin moved on, he was the one who really useful for me to take his spot. My fast go-to man on the CelticsBlog workforce turned Jared Weiss. I’ll always remember Jared’s recommendation to me after I was uncertain about writing a bit: “Simply write it, man.”

My CelticsBlog household has modified and morphed all through my time right here, however they’ve at all times been right here. There are manner too many others to thank, however all of them know the way a lot I like and admire their friendship, expertise and keenness for this workforce.

That household additionally contains you, Expensive Reader. You’re the cause I write, the explanation I tweet, the explanation I podcast and the explanation I yap on the radio. Sure, that is my job now (principally due to your help), however earlier than that, I did all of this for you.

Regardless of it sometimes seeming in any other case round social media, I like Celtics followers. The eagerness you convey at all times challenged me to be higher. To discover a totally different angle. To dig one thing out that nobody else had. To convey as a lot to you as you anticipate.

Certain, that typically resulted in battles. However, so long as they didn’t get private and insulting, I by no means forgot the place it was all coming from. All of us simply wished to see the fellows in inexperienced to do their greatest.

Principally, I like the part of Celtics followers that dwell right here on CelticsBlog. They are saying you shouldn’t learn the feedback, as a result of it’s a cesspool of unhappiness. However I by no means felt that manner right here. Typically, somebody overly damaging or outright imply would creep in, however they’d be just about shouted down fairly rapidly.

You, Expensive Reader, have lifted me and my work along with your kindness and challenges. Extra occasions than I may ever hope to depend. You make me wish to be higher at this, as a result of that’s what you deserve. I hope I met you expectations as a rule.

This has already been much more self-serving than I meant, so I’m going to chop issues off right here. There’s much more work to be completed. For me, for all of us right here at CelticsBlog and for the Celtics themselves.

So, I’ll finish with this with two easy ideas:

First: Thanks, for every thing, CelticsBlog.

Second: It’s been far too lengthy since Boston hung a brand new banner. It’s time. It’s time for Banner 18. Let’s go Celtics!

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