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Posted by Morena on September 28, 2013 at 7:15 AM

One of the things that I really love about sport, is his ability to take you out of your daily reality.. Yet there are times when you want to forget even what is happening in this magic, alternative world. That's exactly what happened to me this year.

I began last season full of hope and expectation as most of us, an Ii found myself disappointed and scared thinking about future just four months later. Celtics record was far from the one I dreamed about during spring training. Rondo and sully went down just days from each other. Rondo the artist, the flawed genius, was out with a career threatening injury. Ok, that was it. Suddenly, the emergency exit lights went on and it was time to run. That's just my nature. I tend to hype every positive thing, and just forget the negative part.

Incredibly, from that moment, the Celtics reason turned around. Everyone was playing well and it was time for haters to come out and for my anger to rise. So many things were said during the last seven month that I can easily believe that hardly half of them were real. I just had to shut everything out. After all, it was easy. I'm in love with Boston and I had plenty to cheer for. The red sox were having an amazing season and I started to open up my boundaries for other sports. As Shawn said just a few days ago, I'm tired to raise my voice against the haters every goddamned time. I firmly believe that most of them have totally lost contact with the reality and they talk about things they don't even know what they’re talking about. It's a lost war.

But now? Ainge said that rondo won't be ready for opening day, and preseason is just a few days away. I had time to forget everything that was going on, and it's like I'm not fully aware of the situation, like I just can't believe things are not the way I wish they were. But the countdown to reality is down to 9.

It will be a little like someone slamming the door in your face because they don't want you at the party. A big, fat, pill of reality. It had to happen sooner or later.

Then, just a few hours later, the first breeze of fresh air came in from the window.. Brad Stevens said that even if rondo is not ready yet, he's been amazing when he's been there, and that just his presence inspire the rest of the guys to play better. And this could be the key for the team next year. That, and the relationship between rondo himself and brad Stevens. But this is something on which I'm pretty confident. I love mathematic minds, and this is the meeting of two maths minds, and if Stevens has the personality to coach at this level, and rondo can keep his stubbornness a little under control, I'm sure something great can come out of this.

If this is really the time for rondo to take responsibility for this team, Ainge did what he had to do shipping out of town the veteran players. Pierce wasn't ready to let go of his role anytime soon, and even KG, who I believe that honestly cares about rondo, was somehow an obstacle in this process, because when you've been there for so long, it's not easy to follow someone else leadership, and the fact that Rondo was so much younger, made everything even more difficult.. Instead, this young players seems ready to follow their leader, and seem excited by his presence, his talent and his mind!!

And this is something that makes me really curious about our team. I'm always excited when there are new young players, but after what happened last year, I've tried to keep my level of excitement as low as possible.

I know it will be a hard season. We will begin the year without our leader, but hey, after all, December is not so far away.

 

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6 Comments

Reply paul
8:34 AM on September 28, 2013 
I love it - beautiful piece, Morena!! I have to disagree, though. I mean, it's a matter of judgement and taste, but I think that everything Stevens says about Rondo is pro forma. It's like a used car salesman talking up a car he is trying to sell. I hope I'm proven wrong, but I expect Rondo to be traded if he can show himself to be in good health.
Reply Morena
11:25 AM on September 28, 2013 
paul says...
I love it - beautiful piece, Morena!! I have to disagree, though. I mean, it's a matter of judgement and taste, but I think that everything Stevens says about Rondo is pro forma. It's like a used car salesman talking up a car he is trying to sell. I hope I'm proven wrong, but I expect Rondo to be traded if he can show himself to be in good health.


Thanks Paul.
You can be right about Stevens. In fact, it's not like he can come out saying that everybody hates Rondo!! But I think that he can be sincere about this. Rondo himself said that he can be difficult, but he's a great player and he's such a brilliant and intriguing basketball mind that new and young players may really be excited to play with him. At least at the beginning.
About the trade, I deeply hope you're wrong. I've always have this dream about a great player spending his whole career in a team. I know the NBA is business and it's almost impossible, but still, I can't make myself think about a trade. If it happens, it will be another one of those doors slammed into my face.
Reply Greg
12:47 PM on September 28, 2013 
As much as we try to tell ourselves that Rondo is safe from being traded. Thats when it happens. to be honest, there are only a handful of players that wont be traded. Kobe was not safe for sometime with the Lakers. If Rondo can get the players on the team on board,and if the Celtics get a pick,and free agent next summer,then the Celtics are back in business. It does depend on Rondos ability to lead,which is good in my view. Good post Morena..
Reply paul
1:31 PM on September 28, 2013 
I don't want to see Rondo traded either, Morena, but I feel that something went very wrong with this team last year, and it wasn't just about Rondo being a cancer or Pierce being egotistical. Something more was involved, and I don't see any sign that convinces me that it is getting better.

Greg, Rondo can be a great leader, but can he lead these people in this place and time? I'm not seeing it.
Reply shawn cassidy
7:47 PM on September 28, 2013 
Rondo needs to take this team. It was never given to him, and it's his turn just to make sure it happens. Stevens has said all the right things, and it's him who sets the tone along with Rondo.
Reply paul
9:09 PM on September 28, 2013 
shawn cassidy says...
Rondo needs to take this team. It was never given to him, and it's his turn just to make sure it happens. Stevens has said all the right things, and it's him who sets the tone along with Rondo.



I agree, Shawn, that a lot of this is in Rondo's hands. If he comes back and plays tough D and shoots better, then he can maybe lead this team. But too, the wall he faces is tough. I don't think the team is on his side. They'll rally around Green and Bradley sooner than they'll rally around Rondo. The media will howl at Rondo no matter what he does. If he scores, he's taking shots away from Green. If he doesn't score he's wrecking the team's spacing. If he assists he's showboating. If he doesn't assist he's proven that his accomplishments were due to the Big Three. If he stays home on D, he'll be blamed for not getting steals. If he gambles he'll be called reckless and they'll say he's ruining Stevens' schemes.

I think he is going to have to restart his career elsewhere, assuming health will allow it.