--SHOULD C'S TRAIN A NEW TOP DOG?--
As Shaquille O'Neal once noted, "If you don't have dogs, forget about digging up any rings." With some contending NBA teams, it's easy to identify the "alpha dog" -- that dominant player who takes over basketball games and willingly steps up to take the big shot, makes the big play, delivers the big speech (or impassioned tongue lashing) when his team needs it most. Kobe Bryant will do that for the Los Angeles Lakers and Derrick Rose appears poised to accomplish the same for the Chicago Bulls. But who qualifies as Top Dog for the Boston Celtics? It has been a spirited debate since the Big Three was formed in August 2007. Initial skeptics of the trades that brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join resident superstar Paul Pierce argued that while all three players were elite future Hall of Famers, they were all 1A players instead of that flat-out No. 1 alpha dog.
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