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If there's one thing I learned from yesterday's game...

It's that I never want us to trade Brook as long as he's able to put up comparable numbers to the best centers in the league. Even if it turns out that he's not quite as good as he was before the injury, as long as he's still good, I'd rather see him stay here for the rest of his career, or at least until he's been here long enough that his number getting retired is all-but guaranteed.

When I saw the Celtics montage videos for Pierce and Garnett, with the camera focusing on two blatantly open spots alongside the retired jerseys, even I got choked up, and I hated the Pierce-led Celtics during out rivalry in the early 2000s Kidd-Martin era.

Plumlee and Mirza excluded, Brook is the only home-grown talent we have on the roster, and he's been here through highs and lows, albeit mostly lows... through 12-70, through the Dwightmare, through Frank, Barrise, Kiki, Avery, PJC, and now Kidd, from Izod to Prudential to Barclays, and he's only now, as a 25 year-old, reaching his potential. Do I think he'll be here in 10 years? Probably not, but I sure hope he is... so that we can be so lucky as to look back on his career the same way Celtics fans have Pierce's, where it transcends a basketball game and becomes about a man and a community.

The Celtics traded Pierce. The Knicks traded Ewing. Here's hoping Lopez has a career comparable to those guys. Even during and after the Dwightmare, Lopez made it clear that he wanted to be a career Net. I hope he gets his wish. Partially for him, but mostly for us.

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