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Their iconic coach left for Los Angeles. Their two future Hall of Famers whose jerseys almost certainly one day will hang from their rafters are off to Brooklyn.
The Celtics as they were are no more, transformed after an offseason of renovation as the franchise took its first steps toward a new era of rebuilding.
But the departures of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett have not resulted in negative reaction from fans at the box office.
In fact, according to Celtics president Rich Gotham, about 90 percent of the team’s season-ticket base from last season has re-upped for next season.
“That number is a really strong number,” Gotham said Wednesday. “I think most teams in the NBA would kill for that number.”