|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 27, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
The stage is empty, the curtain has been drawn. We have seen Doc for the last time on a Celtics bench coaching the men in green and white. We will never see Rajon Rondo looking over to Doc for the play call, we won't see Doc patting KG on the bottom after KG probably blocked somebody's shot into the first row. We also won't see that look in Doc's eyes when Paul Pierce just hit a game winner. We will never see Doc, and Danny having a genuine good time at the podium answering questions on media day.
Doc Rivers talked about challenges. But the sad thing is this. He had many challenges in Boston right in front of his face. Doc could have chased Red's wins record for most wins as a Celtics coach, and he could have tried to win another title in Boston. Now he belongs with Bill Fitch as a one time winner of the Larry O'brein trophy. I think that's the hardest pill to swallow. Doc was supposed to be the next Red figure. He was never going to win 9 titles like Red. But Doc could have became number two on the list or an equal.
I guess I get Doc's choice a bit when I call him number two. Doc has a chance to be the Clippers Red. That franchise has been a laughing stock for decades, or since it's existence. I don't like the fact that Doc left, and how he did it. I also believe what he did was worse than Ray Allen, but I have more hate towards Ray still. Maybe it's for the fact that he's playing with James in Miami. I was also upset with Doc in the final year. Even though both parties say he didn't give up. I feel like he did in some fashion.
Nobody can live up to Bill Russell's curtain call with the Boston Celtics(unless your Jordan in 98'). He walked out a champion in game seven on his rivals home court, with the city of LA waiting for a show. The Lakers owner was preparing the arena for a Lakers championship. It would have been the first in LA since the Lakers moved there. Bill Russell retired a champion in dramatic fashion, and you couldn't ask for more. Other Celtic greats like Hondo, and Bird had farewells that are not forgotten.
The Big Three, and Doc restored everything Celtics pride, and their story wasn't supposed to end this way. I think Danny was trying to allow them to walk into the sunset. He could have easily traded Ray Allen for Mayo, and he was damn close, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. The curtain falls on the last act, and life, as we know it, fades away into the curtain call.
The coolness of this morning,is quickly snatched away. As the rain subsides. The sun as always peaks through every bit of cloud that remains as the clouds burn away in the summer sun. Once a storm has come, and gone like the recent one. It's not easy to carry on.. Like nothing has happened. Two must share and atone.. Rebuilding can't be done alone. Both must look beyond this veil that has been placed over all of us. If happiness is to prevail..