|Posted by paul on March 20, 2013 at 6:45 AM|
As heartening as it was to see Green play so brilliantly against the Heat, justifying the hopes that the team and the fans had for him this summer, it was hard to see the way the fans have taken him to their bosom, when one contrasts it to the spite that has been lavished on Rondo. For all that Rondo puts on a tough exterior, he seems to be a very sensitive person. When he comes back to the Celtics, he will be -- so unfairly -- a pariah for many, it seems certain. Bob Ryan and his ilk have made sure of that. The legend of 'Selfish Rondo' has ridden higher with each post-Rondo Celtics' victory, whipped into a fury by media harpies. One suspects that they never got the respect from Rondo that they felt he owed them, and now they are making sure to claim their revenge.
Many kudos are owed to Danny Ainge. During the low point of his era, he made the awful Perk trade which probably cost us a championship, and ripped the heart out of our team, and he constantly threatened to trade key members of the team, showing astounding disloyalty. He seemed determined to destroy the very Celtics Pride he had helped rescuscitate. But this summer, Ainge's moves impressed many. He has the ability to do what Red Auerbach never seemed to be able to do; to build a team by making small moves. Red's genius lay in what he could do with a high draft pick. To my knowledge, he never fluffed a high draft pick. He always got a player who became a key part of the Celtics going forward. But Auerbach struggled to accomplish much with low picks, and even with low profile moves. That is where Ainge excels. Has any gm in history ever done as much with low draft picks? This last summer, Ainge crafted a down-low powerhouse. Celtics fans were incredibly excited. We could see what he had done. The rest of the league laughed. They believed that the Cs were just another team now, and could be had. Recent events have proven them wrong. We were right to be excited about this team.
Now Danny has finally stepped up to show his players loyalty. The harsher the criticism against Rondo has become, the more solidly he has backed our immensely talented young star. Now he has publically committed himself to a Rondo/Bradley backcourt future, and to Green as well. I never thought we'd see such loyalty from Ainge, but when the moment came when his strength was needed, he stepped forward. I'm impressed. Danny has ridden to Rondo's rescue, and never was he more welcome. Rondo earned much criticism this year, but he gave his all, and during the first half of the season, he may have been the only one giving his all.
Meanwhile the nauseating obsession with trading Rondo continues unabated at Celtics Blog: