There havent been any championship banners hoisted into Bostons hallowed rafters since 2008.
LeBron James wont let go of the rope.
Clevelands star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years Tyreek Hill Jersey , and James carries a six-game postseason winning streak at Boston into this years Eastern Conference finals, which open Sunday at TD Garden.
As a member of both the Miami Heat and Cavaliers, James whose success against Boston did a 180-degree turn with a mesmerizing Game 6 performance in 2012 has made the Celtics green(er) with envy.
But while the 33-year-old has the utmost respect for the NBAs most decorated franchise, James admiration hasnt stopped him from standing in the way of Boston stuffing more Larry OBrien trophies into its crowded case.
And if he beats the Celtics again and advances to his eighth straight NBA Finals, James would join a club currently exclusive to Boston players with legendary status.
Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played in more consecutive Finals than James, who said he hasnt reflected on the possibility of admission to their group.
I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if Im able to be successful in this conference finals, so I dont take that for granted, James said Friday. You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA. Even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered and I think Ive done that in my career.
Just trying to add onto it while I can.
Early in his career, James saw the Celtics as a postseason exit ramp.
The Big 3 Boston team featuring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen ousted him and the Cavs in 2008 and 2010, the latter series ending with James famously storming off the floor and pulling off his jersey to foreshadow his free-agent departure later that summer for South Beach.
He avenged that loss the following year in the conference semifinals Tom Rathman Jersey , and then in 2012, James had one of his most magnificent postseason exhibitions of his career in Boston. With the Heat down 3-2 in the series, James scored 45 points on 19 of 26 shooting and added 15 rebounds as Miami forced a Game 7 and went on to win consecutive titles.
Since then, hes 8-1 against the Celtics with a four-game sweep in 2015 and a five-game dusting last year in the conference finals.
James has scored 979 points in 34 playoff games against the Celtics, the most by one player against a single team. And in his past six games on Bostons parquet, hes averaging 34.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
James has eight playoff wins in Boston, more than all but four current Celtics.
One of them, Jaylen Brown, knows whats coming.
Physically, he is more superior than any guy that is on the floor, Brown said. Hes 260-plus pounds. Can run like a gazelle. Athletic. Hes physical. Hes just unstoppable. We gotta be mentally locked in and have a mindset to try and do the best we can. LeBron is top 3, top 5 of all-time. Hes going to do what he does. We just gotta take away the other guys and have a great mindset of mentally being locked in every possession.
Bostons notorious crowd is known for rattling opposing players. In the first round, Celtics fans taunted Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe with chants of Who Is Bledsoe? after he unwisely made a comment about Celtics playoff phenom Terry Rozier.
James and his teammates know theyll have their ears rung as well.
One of the rowdy environments Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey , Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said. Boston is fun. They have a great crowd. Theyre ready to get behind their team. Theres been moments where Ive been on a team where theres a decent lead and then they make one shot and the place just erupts. Youre like, `Man, theyre going to come back. You just feel it. Its a great place to play, especially in the playoffs.
Bostons roar only seems to strengthen James, who appreciates the passion and pride in the Celtics.
Just the history, you look up in the rafters and you see all the greats that has either played there or the previous arena they played in, he said. Its a sports town. You look at the Patriots. You look at the Bruins. You look at the Red Sox. You add them, look at all that history. Its just a sports town. If youre not green, they dont mess with you.
AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston contributed to this report.
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman says the aggressive cancer he was diagnosed with last month is in remission.
Speaking to the media for the first time since the Giants disclosed in early June that he had lymphoma, Gettleman said Friday he's had four rounds of chemotherapy and will need another three more to complete his treatment.
The 67-year-old Gettleman returned to the Giants earlier this year to replace the fired Jerry Reese. He says he is feeling better than expected, but is limited in what he can do.
"I feel really good and sometimes I feel like I am apologizing for that," Gettleman said. "But you know my energy is good. I don't mind telling you chemo ain't fun. There has been a couple of days where 'whef,' it rocks your world. Now that I am going through it ... my gosh, it's not fun."
Gettleman said when he gets treatment he has to stay in the hospital for three or four days. When he is in the office Jameis Winston Jersey , he works roughly from 10 a.m. to 7 or 7:30 p.m.
The treatments have weakened Gettleman's immune system and he said he can't have much contract with people. He has to watch training camp practices from a distance in the shade, eat alone and can't fly on airplanes. He is going to miss the Giants' workouts in Detroit with the Lions next month.
Gettleman also predicted he would return to his job full-time this season. He also plans to take part in the upcoming contract talks for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Gettleman said it was weird hearing from his physician, Dr. Andre Goy, that he was in remission.
"Just all of a sudden you go from, within a five-week period I'm told I've got aggressive lymphoma, and in five weeks, he said everything is going to be OK. That's a quick turnaround," said Gettleman, who served as the Carolina Panthers' general manager from 2013-16.
Gettleman spoke to the Giants players after they reported to training camp Wednesday, saying that he told them two things.
The first was about the importance of being a team, and was highlighted by a recent comment from New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello after center John Tavares signed as a free agent with Toronto earlier this month.
"Lou made a great statement, which I believe in and subscribe to, in that individuals win games and teams win championships," Gettleman said.
The other point Gettleman stressed was that the players have earned the right to be in training camp and now it was up to them to make the 53-man roster and the 47-man dress squad for games.
Gettleman also showed he has not lost his sense of humor Sean Harlow Jersey , noting that he told the players it feels different being bald. The chemo caused his hair to fall out.
"It's weird now getting up with a head of hair and looking at that face," Gettleman said.
Gettleman said the cancer has not changed his approach to life, adding he firmly believes it is centered for him on faith, family and football.
"Life is precious," he said. "I don't care what it is, you just can't not appreciate how important people are and how, really, we're in the people business. At the end of the day, it's not about how much money you make. It really isn't, it doesn't mean anything. It's really about what you do with your gifts, and family is our true legacy." Authentic Womens Justin Jones Jersey