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Rondology: Turning Out the Light

Posted by paul on February 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

This is my last Rondology column.  I'm like Ozzy Ozborne, I know, though.  I say "I've had it forever!", and I storm out in a dudgeon, but most likely, I'll be back at my virtual desk tomorrow.  

Still, this is my last Rondology column for sure.  Today.  At least for today.  

Why?  

Oh, this weekend has just set me off, and I know that things are only going to get worse, with the trade rumor mill spinning, and the Ainge Express running hot in the background, and most of the fans apparently drooling over the possibilities of FRESH NEW MEAT (as they seem to see players) coming in.  

And so much of the trade talk is crazy, and really meanspirited, in my view.  For example, for a bit, fans were getting hot over the idea of trading Rondo for Deron Williams.  One of the primary  justifications for making such a move, of course, has been that Rondo is supposedly a malcontent, so he's gotta go.   Ok,  but what is Deron Williams if he isn't one of the alltime malcontents of NBA history?  This is a guy who, reportedly,  was such a **** to his coach that his coach, one of the longest running and most successful coaches in NBA history, RESIGNED OVER IT!  And Williams was just getting started when he pulled that off that stunt.  He brought one franchise to its knees, in Utah, and now he's working on another one.   This is the guy we want to trade Rondo for?


In my view, the best face one can put on the Celtics fandom's obsession with trading is that many fans want the Celtics to become the Yankees of the NBA.  But there is already a Yankees of the NBA.  We call them the Fakers, and we hate them for it.  Now we want to be them?!  I'm sorry, but that mentality disgusts me.


What I see as team/media/fan hatred for Rondo disgusts me.  And I see deeper social issues  at work in this.  I see fans acting like a pack of bullies who find some cruel joy in harrassing the oddball kid.   The pack mentality has taken over, to the point where many or most fans, and media, seem completely blind.   For example, Rondo had himself quite an All Star weekend, a weekend that one would think Celtics fans would be really happy to see amidst the doom and gloom of a disappointing season.    On Saturday, Rondo came in second in the skills contest, hitting 3 of 4 jumpshots, and posting the fastest time of the evening.   In the game itself, Rondo not only managed 8 assists - third highest number for the night - in an amazing 15 minutes, but he also posted the consensus highlight play of the night, a beautiful half court alleyoop pass to Lebron James.   None of this counts for much in basketball terms, of course, since All Star weekend is a big joke from a basketball point of view, but it DOES mean that Rondo has taken a step forwards amongst his peers as an established NBA star.  It's something for Celtics fans to be happy about, right?  Ah, no...


Virtually none of this came through in the media and near media, and fans showed little interest anyway.   One Celtics blog  declared that Rondo did nothing at the all star game.   Another said that he 'struggled'.  The only enthusiasm fans seemed to be able to muster was  over the possibility that Rondo's achievements might raise his trade value.  

What an opportunity for delight fans are missing when they choose not to watch, and not to see, as a fine young player, maybe a great player, develops and grows right in front of them.  


Me?  I'm sick of the spectacle of bullying and hatred that the the Rondo situation has turned into.   At this point, I don't know that I have anything to offer in response to it all, other than my own vitriol.   I'm convinced that many fans are into sports because it reminds them of their youths, of the joys they had when they were the bullies, the ones who marginalized and harrassed other kids who were somehow different.  Now they get to do it as adults, and no one calls them on it, because they pretend that it's really not bullying, that it's all a sweet, caring and solidly rational (of all things) desire to 'improve' the team.  Yeah, like trading a malcontent for a far bigger malcontent.  That's certainly quite rational.


Ah, sweet memories of youth!  Remember when we'd call any kid with glasses "four eyes!"   Remember when we'd beat up any 'faggots' we caught with a book?    Man, those were the good old days.  You could really see it in their eyes as some of those kids' souls shriveled up inside them.  Dear me, such good times.    Didn't one of those kids we harrassed attempt suicide?  Lol!  What a loser!!!!!!  Brings a tear to one's  eye, it does,  thinking about those days.


Yeah,  rather than just spew vitriol every column, I'm calling it quits.  

For today.

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12 Comments

Reply paul
2:13 PM on February 27, 2012 
No doubt I'll feel better tomorrow and get back to writing about synergy...
Reply jlil89
3:46 PM on February 27, 2012 
I am doing my best to stay optimistic on this unfortunate situation. It will be best for Rondo to grow and be appreciated by a different organization. I would prefer him to be a Celtic, but at not at this stake. This is unfair and cruel for Rajon. Just make up your mind quick Danny. As Kobe says, "Just ****ing do it already!" It will be best for everyone.
Reply paul
4:32 PM on February 27, 2012 
jlil89 says...
I am doing my best to stay optimistic on this unfortunate situation. It will be best for Rondo to grow and be appreciated by a different organization. I would prefer him to be a Celtic, but at not at this stake. This is unfair and cruel for Rajon. Just make up your mind quick Danny. As Kobe says, "Just ****ing do it already!" It will be best for everyone.


Thankyou for the way you put that, jlil. I think that's exactly how I feel. Yes, I really really want Rondo to not only be a Celtic, but to be the cornerstone of our future, because I think he really embodies a lot of what being a Celtics is about, as I see it.

But not at this cost. Who can live happily, and function professionally this way? Constantly under threat of being uprooted and sent away? Criticized relentlessly for every move you make? Physically under attack every time you step out on the floor? Constantly having your wings clipped? Always having to cope with mixed, ambiguous, changing, unclear and unreasonable expectations?
Reply paul
4:33 PM on February 27, 2012 
And never appreciation for what you DO accomplish.
Reply Franklin
5:46 PM on February 27, 2012 
Its Docs fault for not putting this thing together, but nobody blames him. Paul I want more already. Keep fighting the good fight.
Reply Perry S
5:49 PM on February 27, 2012 
Once Rondo puts together a post all-star run like Shawn said. Hopefully all shut up.
Reply Perry S
5:56 PM on February 27, 2012 
Did you really bully kids? Or are you being sarcastic?
Reply paul
6:10 PM on February 27, 2012 
Perry S says...
Did you really bully kids? Or are you being sarcastic?


That wasn't meant to be 'in my voice'. But, you know, I think we have most of us been on both sides of the bullying phenomenon in various ways. I see bullying as one of the ugliest and most destructive of human behaviors.
Reply paul
6:12 PM on February 27, 2012 
Franklin says...
Its Docs fault for not putting this thing together, but nobody blames him. Paul I want more already. Keep fighting the good fight.


You are kind!! Thankyou. I really am hoping to find my way back to belief in synergy. I want to get back to preaching the Gospel of Synergy!!!

Yeah, Doc has really been a failure at handling this situation, I think.
Reply paul
6:12 PM on February 27, 2012 
Perry S says...
Once Rondo puts together a post all-star run like Shawn said. Hopefully all shut up.



I hope so too, Perry. I'd love to see that start tomorrow night for him and for the team!
Reply Jesse
1:31 AM on February 29, 2012 
Thank you once again for your writing. I sense that from your article you see Rondo has some pain inside, sorry if I get to "touchy feely" but I sense it. I also see bullying from the way other players treat him, or ignore him. As a fellow fatherless younger man as I understand Rondo to be, I see the struggles to stay hungry and competitive without becoming selfish can be a tough balancing act. Having a strong father fiqure is anchoring and helps your balance. I realize anyone could struggle with such thing and maybe I am looking for what I want to see although it is not what I want to see. I will always wish the best for Rajon.
Reply paul
1:53 AM on February 29, 2012 
Jesse says...
Thank you once again for your writing. I sense that from your article you see Rondo has some pain inside, sorry if I get to "touchy feely" but I sense it. I also see bullying from the way other players treat him, or ignore him. As a fellow fatherless younger man as I understand Rondo to be, I see the struggles to stay hungry and competitive without becoming selfish can be a tough balancing act. Having a strong father fiqure is anchoring and helps your balance. I realize anyone could struggle with such thing and maybe I am looking for what I want to see although it is not what I want to see. I will always wish the best for Rajon.


Interesting comments, Jesse. I feel what you are saying. I do see Rondo as a very sensitive person, who is confused about his goals right now, and whose confusion isn't helped by the confusion the team is creating for him. And there DO seem to be some pretty intense and dysfunctional family dynamics on the team. Like this thing where, when Rondo attacks the basket, his teammates don't seem to be offering him passing options. Why kind of dysfunctional thing is going on there? He's only possibly the best passer in the league!