Mailbag: Give it time

We're entering the fourth quarter of the preseason. The Celtics have two games and two weeks to tune up for the 2013-14 season opener in Toronto. It's preseason for everybody, so let's dive into your letters and shake some mailbag rust:

Q: Why should I spend any time following the team this season? -- @gfmorris (via Twitter)

A: This might be a terrible analogy, but look at this team like a puppy or an infant. Sure, those early years can be maddening times, but they are also some of the most rewarding. For the first time in a long time, we're going to get to watch the process by which young players grow and mature. In sports, when everything is judged by titles, it's hard for casual fans to immerse themselves in a team like this. But I think watching this team grow under a new coach will actually be a lot of fun. Who emerges as leaders? Who takes their games to the next level? Which pieces emerge as building blocks for the future? For at least one season you can actually savor moral victories or a big regular-season victory over a heavily favored opponent. For a change, this team won't be judged on what it does after mid-April, but before it. Embrace this process, I guarantee you'll enjoy it if you don't judge the season solely by wins and losses.

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