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The idea of there not being any NBA basketball in 2011-2012, in a word, sucks.
However, as bad as that may seem, there's the potential for things to brighten up quickly for the Celtics.
And it can be summed up in two words – Dwight Howard.
For weeks, I have not wavered from my belief that Howard will never wear the Green and White, at least not in these prime years of his career.
And the reason is simple.
If the Orlando Magic can't re-sign him at some point during the 2011-2012 season, they will surely trade him to the highest bidder.
And the Celtics don't have enough attractive chips to be a real player in the Howard sweepstakes.
But if there's no 2011-2012 season, that is what we would call a game-changer in the pursuit of Howard.
He could terminate his contract and thus become a free agent next summer.
I'm betting Sherrod Blakely hated writing this column, but like all other NBA writers/reporters/bloggers, he's running out of ideas.
As for the premise, he's right. This is likely the only scenario in which the Celtics can land Howard.
But what if the NBA season is reduced to 50 games? Will there still be a trade deadline? Will teams have enough time to pull off a blockbuster involving Howard?
A shortened season could provide the Cs with the best of both worlds – another run at a title and enhanced odds of landing the next franchise player.
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