The Boston Celtics have surprised a lot of people this season by challenging at the top end of the Eastern Conference.
Brad Stevens' team are in a strong position as the playoffs approach and many now see them as a team capable of making a deep postseason run in 2016. According to one of the famous franchise's cult heroes, however, that is only the beginning.
Brian Scalabrine, aka The White Mamba and a 2008 title winner with the Celtics, predicted this week that Boston will win an NBA championship within the next five years.
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"Let me look at my crystal ball...We're going to get a championship within five years," the former fans' favourite said in a segment for CSN.
"Nice little draft picks coming from Brooklyn, we got a nice team, good coach, good management. We land a free agent? Five years and we're pulling up banner number 18."
With a young core of players and a number of assets - not to mention some healthy cap space and opportunities in the upcoming draft courtesy of the Nets' disappointing season - the future certainly looks bright for Boston.
Nevertheless, getting their hands on the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the next five seasons is still a daunting prospect considering what is happening out West just now.
Boston may be able to usurp the Cleveland Cavaliers and co. in the East in the coming years. Yet, with Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in historic form right now and both built for longevity, bringing title number 18 to Beantown might be easier said than done.