|Posted by GeeZeeCeltics on June 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM|
This past week has been a real circus for the Celtics faithful. Doc Rivers' prolonged silence despite the rising noise around his (in)decision has many worried, and it is fair to feel that way. My, how things have changed. Previously, it seemed that it was in Ainge's hands to determine the future of Paul Pierce. Now, it seems, Doc is holding Danny hostage, if the stories are true. If Doc is gone, Garnett likely is, as well, and then the Celtics are left with an aging Pierce. Then they'd have let him go, too. If you wanted a rebuild, this is it right here - full blown.
It's not entirely that bad, if you look at it. The rumored deal includes a few draft picks, an expiring Butler, DeAndre Jordan and somebody else, say, Eric Bledsoe. Out with the old, in with the new. Toss that in with Rondo, Green, Sullinger and Bradley together with whoever the C's pick this year in the draft and you have an up and coming core. Awesome, right?
Nah, it ain't that rosy. Who's gonna coach these kids? This is the main reason why I didn't swoon when I first saw this deal. The one man being rumored as Doc's successor is f*****g Vinny Del Negro. Sure, it's clear that no top coach would come in here for a rebuild. But this?
Just think about Rondo's potential relationship with a new coach. It's no secret that Rondo is a volatile guy. On this team, he'd be the #1 option, the leader. Given his increased role and his personality, I have a hard time picturing him respecting someone like Del Negro. And how would that work with a team that wouldn't be winning anymore? Rajon is extremely comptetitive, he's of the KG mold. If you steer that in the wrong direction, it can cause problems in the locker room. Do we want that with our prime star?
It is important to have a winning attitude on a team. That is what sets apart the Bobcats and the Kings of the NBA from the success stories that are the Thunder and Bulls. Without Doc, the person to teach that aspect is gone. I could handle a rebuild if it was under Rivers because he is such a great motivator of players and generally a leader. But I am unsure if it is wise to jump into the abyss without him in tow. Personally, I always thought that the retreat to a rebuild should happen gradually, with a passing of the torch. This harsh yank smells like a massive risk to me. A risk I would probably not take.
So there you have it. While my entire Twitter feed is going crazy, thinking about what life could be if this nightmare goes through, I am left in a somber mood. Legends like Doc, Paul and Kevin don't come around often. I think it's a little insane to let them all leave and just take such a big leap of faith.
Then again, sometimes you need to do exactly that. To be honest, this does look like the best detonation scenario Danny has gotten close to. Will he pull the trigger?
We can only wait and watch.
P.S. As I write this, Adrian Wojnarowski, who is as credible as it comes, reports that the Celtics are deep in discussion with the Clippers about a trade. It looks more and more like reality that a golden era has come to an abrupt end.