|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 19, 2013 at 3:20 AM|
After hearing KG's comments about this trade being 'forced on him'. I find myself thinking a bit more of what happened, and when I heard Paul saying that Dirk,Duncan, and Kobe are likely to retire with their teams respectfully, and he won't be able to do so. I begin to think of emotions, and patterns. This has easily been the most emotional offseason since the KG and Ray trades in 2007. Sometimes in life things don't workout the way we think, or want them to. Paul Pierce along with Garnett were supposed to retire as Celtics, and mainly Paul Pierce our franchise player for nearly two decades.
"You spend your whole, almost half of your life in one city, you get used to it," Pierce said. "For you to make the move, it's a huge adjustment. I mean, I know nothing else but Boston."
Added Garnett: "For six years I embraced the same thing, obviously not to his magnitude, but it was enough to where we made our stamp. And this is where we are and where I thought we were going to be. "And that changed, it's almost like you've got to deal with it. It's not time to be emotional, it's not time to be reflecting. Now you've got to make a decision on for what's best for you in going forward. And that was the most difficult out of all of this -- that things were pushed on, I felt like forced on us a little bit. "You didn't see the fairy tale ending like this."
"That's the only thing about this whole ordeal, you just wish that -- you look at other players like [Spurs big man] Tim Duncan, [Lakers guard] Kobe [Bryant], [Mavericks forward] Dirk [Nowitzki] ... those guys, they won a championship there, similar to what I've done, been there their whole career," Pierce said.
"It really kind of hurt, when you look at the news throughout the season, when [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban says, 'We're never trading Dirk,' or when they say, 'We're never trading Tim,' or 'We're going to re-sign Kobe.' Nothing's really being said about me; I'm in trade rumors. So that part, you think about it, kind of hurts.
"But then, after so long, you have to understand that this is a business, and it's not like that for everybody."
Dreams contain a certain thing that pulls you in, real or ones that you imagine that wake you up in the middle of the night. It's just a certain thing that makes a dream a dream. There are dreams of love. Dreams of hate. Dreams of malice. Dreams that keep you waiting. Dreams of championship gold. Dreams of being young again, and dreams of being old.
Dreams contain so many emotions. It was Pierce's dream to retire a Celtic, and that dream that fairytale ending won't be in a Celtics uniform. I can see the hurt, and hear the utter disappointment in both KG and Pierce voices. Their voices sound genuinely hurt.
The mind works on Instinct, being emotional, and being rational.These are stages of how the mind functions. I would hope everyone that was involved was rational. I'm speaking to Ainge, Kevin,Paul, and Doc. In the game of chess, you should be rational. Planing each move, thinking a couple or a few moves ahead of your opponent. In the game of love, you are emotional. Maybe your the one in love, or the one being loved. It can be very emotional on both ends of the spectrum. In the game of sex, you are instinctual. In the game of basketball it's all three isn't it?
The first shoe to fall, or first domino to fall this summer was Doc being traded to the Clippers. I think in some ways between Doc and Danny there is closure still to be had in their relationship. When it comes to this franchise, sometimes the truth isn't apart of the plan. I can't tell you how much I still think of DANNY lying or covering up KG's injury in 2009. I still keep that in the back of mind when I hear Danny talk. Was trading Doc a rational move, or did it become an emotional move by Danny. I think it was both reactions in the mind of Ainge. What about Doc? Was his all instinct to chase a winning situation? The departure of Doc was the boiling point for Ainge.
Did Doc cost Paul his chance to retire a Celtic? Did Doc's choice to bolt, alter Danny into the trade of Pierce and KG. Here's one way of looking at it. Did Doc's disloyalty to Danny, and to the Celtics show Danny that being loyal is a thing of the past? Was Danny content on having another go around if Doc came back? Or was Doc already in the know about Danny's fire sale? Maybe Doc's departure forced Danny to rethink his stance on the legacy of Pierce in Boston.
Will this summer come back to haunt Danny Ainge and the Celtics? Do other veterans want to come here to be a Celtic if they can be traded? Rondo is the guy, and franchise player right now, and the keyword is right now. If Pierce didn't retire a Celtic, then does that mean Rondo will not either? Obviously the move will help the Celtics rebuild now. We know the C's have loads of picks, and loads of cap space on the horizon. But did Danny miss one big issue with the trade of Pierce and KG? What's this say to other great players who play here, or who they may draft or trade for? What if Rondo is done with trade rumors? Ray was, and that was one of many reasons he left Boston.
I don't think you can say anyone has walked away from this innocent, or fully guilty. Everyone played a part in this era's demise. Ainge and his rumor-mill churning out rumors. That's very unhealthy for a team year in and year out.Doc was unable to adapt to change in roster year after year. Doc was also at fault for a lackluster offense after the emergence of Rondo. Doc rode the 'Big 3' hard. Until they couldn't give anymore. He didn't take the time to utilize certain talent, and some of his younger guys. When it comes to the 'Big 4'.
It was widely publicized that Ray and Rondo had a few altercations during his tenure in Boston. But they had a remarkable chemistry on the floor. KG and Rondo as well had something truly special. They both almost carried the Celtics to the Finals in 2012. When it came to Rondo and Pierce? The issue could be more about style of play, compared to who they are as people. Paul Pierce has always been effective when he dominates the ball at times, and Rondo is the point guard who has the ball 90% of the time. So, they didn't gel perfectly.
As much as we wanted closure Thursday when Pierce and KG were introduced as Nets. I don't thinkclosure is apart of the math right now. I believe everyone's emotions are shot, and raw right now. It's still very fresh. Even if the word closure will hang over head. We will still have to move on. Sometimes it comes down to the name on the jersey. But sometimes the player is bigger then that. A legacy like Paul's coincides with the name on the front.
When it comes to KG in all of this. I see a guy who's stayed away from the drama that has hurt so many. He was actually thinking about retirement.
"Absolutely," Garnett responded when asked about considering hanging up his high-tops. "Because of Paul’s situation with the Celtics, and Paul is a huge part of playing together and accomplishing things, which makes this whole thing kind of bittersweet. I’m leaving one chapter and opening another, and I’m able to do it with guys that I’ve known for a long time."
In the event of the C's demise. We shouldn't worry, wipe the tears from your eyes guys. Danny will be given a second chance. Will he keep Rondo in Celtics green? Will Brad Stevens work as Doc's replacement. Will Danny stick with bot during the hard times. Danny has a chance and choice to rebuild his name in many fans eyes. Danny pulled off three bold moves this summer alone. Trading a coach that never happens. Then bringing in a rookie coach from college who's a young man. Then he traded two of the most beloved Celtics in the past 15 years. The fans of the Celtics won't take anything less than banner 18.