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When the rumors started flying about Sam Cassell coming to Boston, I was very excited. Here was the third-oldest guy in the NBA who was still averaging a little over 14 points per game and about to join a team that just needed a few more pieces in order to make it perfect to the end.
However, in the end, Sam really did not do much more to help the team than they really needed. His role throughout his time with the Celtics was to come in to make shots and be a veteran presence (he had previous NBA Finals experience).
Sam came to the Celtics in 2008 after his contract was bought out by the L.A. Clippers. Upon his arrival, Cassell impressed the Celtics with some good games during their sweep of the Texas Triangle. However, his slow movement up the court and occasional ball-hogging did not fit into the Celtics playing style that already existed. Cassell only played 17 games of the regular season with Boston and he had decent numbers with them to show for it. Cassell averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game during the regular season with the Celtics.
During the playoffs Sam did more or less the same thing he had done during the regular season. He came in as Rajon Rondo’s backup despite chants from fans demanding minutes for Eddie House. Cassell still provided the veteran presence needed for the team in the playoffs, but his numbers did decrease a bit. During the playoffs Cassell only averaged 4.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.
There were a lot of mixed reaction to Sam Cassell on the Celtics throughout the regular season and the playoffs, but there was one instance where his good character came out. During Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Cassell was the only member of the Celtics who was dressed that did not play. Doc Rivers asked him if he wanted to play during that title clinching win, but Sam replied by saying that this game was for the younger guys. He had been there before and now it was their turn to have the glory.
The future is still up in the air about Cassell. As I said earlier he is the third-oldest player in the NBA currently and most speculate that he will retire as a champion once again. He started his career a champion with the Houston Rockets and now he can end it as a champion with the Boston Celtics.
However, Cassell has not publicly come out and said he is retiring and the Celtics have not made any indication to whether he will be back with the team next year or not. Cassell will be another player that we will have to watch carefully to see what he would like to do.
What Should Sam Cassell do with his future?
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