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Let's Not Answer Bitterness With Bitterness

Posted by paul on July 7, 2012 at 8:35 AM

The more the talking heads and media stooges try to defend Ray Allen, the more one feels that Jarrett Jack got it right in one;  the word is "traitor".   Of course, on some level, we will always respect Allen.  His craft is legendary.  His coming to Boston marked the beginning of the rebirth of Celtics Pride.   His toughness was never on better display than when he fought his way through bonespurs to play a meaningful role in the playoffs last year.  It's obvious now that Allen had already left the team in his mind, but he still seemed to give an almost super-human effort.


But I think now we can understand a little better why Rondo left the court in disgust as Ray Allen prepared to make his post game schmoozing rounds after game seven against the Heat.  According to Wojnarowski, those two were locked into  a cold war this past season, and it seems to have escalated towards the end, as Rondo seemed to (rightly) encourage Bradley's rise to a starting role.  But the more we hear about Allen's military child based habits of discipline, as if that somehow made him a good person, and the more we hear about his various resentments, the less admirable he seems.  Wojnarowski perhaps captures the essence of the Allen defense in this paragraph:

 

For all the past indignities – real or imagined – Rondo was the issue that hadn’t gone away, that would still be there come training camp. They don’t like each other, and it had become a bigger and bigger drag on Allen, sources said. Each had culpability for why things had gone awry, and yet each was better on the court because he had played with the other.

Rondo has had a polarizing impact within the Celtics' locker room, and his relationships with teammates and coaches have fluctuated over the years. Allen and Rondo never had arguments this year, never got into it. In fact, one source said: "Ray mostly ignored him." After the season, Rivers tried his best to mend the relationship between Rondo and Allen – make it manageable on some level. And yet, as one source with direct knowledge of the coach’s efforts said, the relationship was "too far gone."

Whatever the issues, everyone agreed: Rondo and Allen never brought them onto the floor. They played together, played well, but Allen had grown increasingly disillusioned about dealing with the disconnect. The friction started in the 2009-10 season, after Rondo signed his five-year, $55 million extension, sources said. It wouldn’t be long until Allen started to hear his name in trade talks, and he began to make the correlation that Rondo’s salary played a part in the Celtics looking to trim payroll – starting with Allen.

"Ray is prideful," one source said, "and he was always wondering: 'Why do I have to be that guy?' "

What happened appears to be pretty much exactly what many of us have thought for a long time now;   in a super-heated atheletic version of the sibling rivalry so many of us are so familiar with from our own lives, the rise of the young talent, in the person of Rajon Rondo,  was resented by the autumnal talent in the person of Ray Allen.  It was all too easy for Pat Riley and the Heat to sieze the opportunity, pushing the right buttons, whispering in Ray Allen's ear that he was right to feel so bitter, and that they, the Heat, could make Ray Allen a star again, while helping him get just a tad bit of revenge, just a modicum, just a taste.


In the end, Ray did us a favor.  In the end, we should wish him the best, because we shouldn't be bitter.  We have so much to look forward to.   There will be tumultuous times ahead.  Things will have to sort themselves out, and it won't be easy.  In my opinion, the most important thing for Rajon Rondo to remember, as he presumably hoists practice three after practice three this summer,  in 'honor' of Ray Allen, is that the key to persuasively leading the team next year is on the defensive end.  I think that Rondo will amaze us with his defensive play next year, and this in turn will help set the team on fire at both ends.    A new day is dawning.  I think it's going to be amazing.


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Reply Morena
9:14 AM on July 7, 2012 
I remember when some years ago Ray said that Rondo had his own space, while before he was somewhere between Paul Kevin and himself. I guess Allen preferred to see rondo lost within the big three. It's somehow disgusting to read that the problems started when Rondo signed the extension.
Reply paul
9:19 AM on July 7, 2012 
Morena says...
I remember when some years ago Ray said that Rondo had his own space, while before he was somewhere between Paul Kevin and himself. I guess Allen preferred to see rondo lost within the big three. It's somehow disgusting to read that the problems started when Rondo signed the extension.


That part was so telling - about the conflict really starting when Rondo got the extension. That makes it so clear that Allen just never was willing to accept Rondo as an equal, much less as the team's leader.

But there's an important lesson in all this for Rondo too: part of being a team's undisputed leader, as Rondo surely is now, is that he becomes responsible to defuse conflict. Rondo has to do some soul searching about this situation, because it has something to do with being a leader. The 'polarizing impact in the locker room' is something that Rondo has to change about himself.

WE NEED DOOLEY BACK to help Rondo continue to grow as a leader.
Reply Morena
9:28 AM on July 7, 2012 
paul says...
That part was so telling - about the conflict really starting when Rondo got the extension. That makes it so clear that Allen just never was willing to accept Rondo as an equal, much less as the team's leader.

But there's an important lesson in all this for Rondo too: part of being a team's undisputed leader, as Rondo surely is now, is that he becomes responsible to defuse conflict. Rondo has to do some soul searching about this situation, because it has something to do with being a leader. The 'polarizing impact in the locker room' is something that Rondo has to change about himself.

WE NEED DOOLEY BACK to help Rondo continue to grow as a leader.

I agree with you, Rondo can really learn from this situation. He has to.
It's not something new that introverted person can have a polarizing impact on other people.
And I think Dooling can really help him. He always had wonderful words about Rondo and he really helped him. I can't wait to read the news that he's back!!
Reply celticsz
9:31 AM on July 7, 2012 
Aren't we all guilty of this though on some level? Taking the short gain (another ring) instead of holding out for the bigger prize (a legacy, a brotherhood, a family in Boston)? I know I am. It's hard to grow older and all of sudden there are others who are faster, stronger, better, nipping at your heels and you panic into wanting just one more chance to show the world you're worthy. Things either had to be really bad with Rondo, Doc or Ainge, or Ray is deluded into thinking another ring is going to give him that much more satisfaction. Did he get a no trade clause? Surely not under league rules? So, it couldn't have been about providing his family with stability. Miami is NOT guaranteed another championship next year. Besides the Celtics (who took it to game 7!!! with a beat up bunch and some great players out for the season), OKC, Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio are all still very much in the hunt. Maybe this is the best thing that could have happened to the Celtics. Something good always comes out of something bad. GO CELTICS!
Reply Morena
9:38 AM on July 7, 2012 
celticsz says...
Aren't we all guilty of this though on some level? Taking the short gain (another ring) instead of holding out for the bigger prize (a legacy, a brotherhood, a family in Boston)? I know I am. It's hard to grow older and all of sudden there are others who are faster, stronger, better nipping at your heels and you panic into wanting just one more chance to show the world you're worthy. Things either had to be really bad with Rondo, Doc or Ainge or Ray is deluded into thinking another ring is going to give him that much more satisfaction. Did he get a no trade clause? Surely not under league rules? So, it couldn't have been about providing his family with stability. Miami is NOT guaranteed another championship next year. Besides the Celtics (who took it to game 7!!! with a beat up bunch and some great players out for the season), OKC, Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio are all still very much in the hunt. Maybe this is the best thing that could have happened to the Celtics. Something good always comes out of something bad. GO CELTICS!


Will he really feel more important on the heat team?
If he had problems accepting Rondo leadership, how can he survive among James, Wade and Bosh?
That's the big three of Miami, and it won't become a big four as it happened with the Celtics.

And as you said, Miami is not guaranteed another championship.
This is just another reason to cheer for a heat loss. Yeah, it's childish, but I can't help feeling this way right now.
Reply celticsz
10:56 AM on July 7, 2012 
You're right. And if Mario Chalmers lights it up or Miller can solve his back issues, Ray might find he won't be getting off the bench much. Ray criticized David West for not coming to the Celtics because of ego and not wanting to accept a bench role. Surely, when Bradley took his starting position, that stung. Judge and you'll be judged.


Will he really feel more important on the heat team?
If he had problems accepting Rondo leadership, how can he survive among James, Wade and Bosh?
That's the big three of Miami, and it won't become a big four as it happened with the Celtics.

And as you said, Miami is not guaranteed another championship.
This is just another reason to cheer for a heat loss. Yeah, it's childish, but I can't help feeling this way right now.
Reply Franklin
11:22 AM on July 7, 2012 
The need to beat the Heat has grown. We must beat them, and we must carry on Celtic pride.
Reply paul
5:09 PM on July 7, 2012 
Franklin says...
The need to beat the Heat has grown. We must beat them, and we must carry on Celtic pride.


God I agree with you on this. Beating the Heat, AND keeping Celtics Pride going means so much now. So much more, if that was possible.
Reply paul
5:10 PM on July 7, 2012 
Morena says...
I agree with you, Rondo can really learn from this situation. He has to.
It's not something new that introverted person can have a polarizing impact on other people.
And I think Dooling can really help him. He always had wonderful words about Rondo and he really helped him. I can't wait to read the news that he's back!!


So insightful, MOrena. YOu are so right - introverts can be so polarizing because they are so misunderstood often. Shyness is almost invariably taken for arrogance. And when folks can tell that the introvert is a genius, it's worse.

NEED DOOLING!!
Reply paul
5:11 PM on July 7, 2012 
celticsz says...
Aren't we all guilty of this though on some level? Taking the short gain (another ring) instead of holding out for the bigger prize (a legacy, a brotherhood, a family in Boston)? I know I am. It's hard to grow older and all of sudden there are others who are faster, stronger, better, nipping at your heels and you panic into wanting just one more chance to show the world you're worthy. Things either had to be really bad with Rondo, Doc or Ainge, or Ray is deluded into thinking another ring is going to give him that much more satisfaction. Did he get a no trade clause? Surely not under league rules? So, it couldn't have been about providing his family with stability. Miami is NOT guaranteed another championship next year. Besides the Celtics (who took it to game 7!!! with a beat up bunch and some great players out for the season), OKC, Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio are all still very much in the hunt. Maybe this is the best thing that could have happened to the Celtics. Something good always comes out of something bad. GO CELTICS!



I agree - everything in this soap opera is so human, which makes it so moving. We can all relate to what these people seem to be going through.
Reply paul
5:13 PM on July 7, 2012 
Morena says...
Will he really feel more important on the heat team?
If he had problems accepting Rondo leadership, how can he survive among James, Wade and Bosh?
That's the big three of Miami, and it won't become a big four as it happened with the Celtics.

And as you said, Miami is not guaranteed another championship.
This is just another reason to cheer for a heat loss. Yeah, it's childish, but I can't help feeling this way right now.


I think that too, Morena. He will soon find that Rondo may come off as a jerk, but there are bigger jerks in the world, and some of them smile right in your face at a lovely restaurant.
Reply paul
5:14 PM on July 7, 2012 
celticsz says...
You're right. And if Mario Chalmers lights it up or Miller can solve his back issues, Ray might find he won't be getting off the bench much. Ray criticized David West for not coming to the Celtics because of ego and not wanting to accept a bench role. Surely, when Bradley took his starting position, that stung. Judge and you'll be judged.


Will he really feel more important on the heat team?
If he had problems accepting Rondo leadership, how can he survive among James, Wade and Bosh?
That's the big three of Miami, and it won't become a big four as it happened with the Celtics.

And as you said, Miami is not guaranteed another championship.
This is just another reason to cheer for a heat loss. Yeah, it's childish, but I can't help feeling this way right now.


Wow, I'd forgotten what Allen had to say about West.

And I'm pretty sure Allen will be treated like a peon by Le Ego and Le Thug. it might not be right away, but before long...
Reply celts
12:31 AM on July 8, 2012 
the more i read about it yeah they had there problems and maybe its good they've gone separate ways, but ppl made it seem like they were getting in fist fights daily and i like to keep hearing that it never affected them on the court because it never looked like it, but as far as rondo being a pain in everyones ass maybe in like years past i think it was just allen this year and maybe pierce, but you don't hear stories bout those 2 , but for the most part even doc said kg came back partly because of rondo other people in the lockeroom seemed to like him so weird for 2 players to have such good chemistry on the court and hardly speak to each other off? maybe pierce and rondo are gr8 friends but suck on the court together lol.
Reply paul
7:52 AM on July 8, 2012 
celts says...
the more i read about it yeah they had there problems and maybe its good they've gone separate ways, but ppl made it seem like they were getting in fist fights daily and i like to keep hearing that it never affected them on the court because it never looked like it, but as far as rondo being a pain in everyones ass maybe in like years past i think it was just allen this year and maybe pierce, but you don't hear stories bout those 2 , but for the most part even doc said kg came back partly because of rondo other people in the lockeroom seemed to like him so weird for 2 players to have such good chemistry on the court and hardly speak to each other off? maybe pierce and rondo are gr8 friends but suck on the court together lol.


I'm sure Rondo is a giant pain in many ways. It's not uncommon for highly talented people to be that way, I think. Actually, I suspect a lot of players are pains in different ways. I think what's really going on here is Allen being jealous of Rondo. Several reports attributed to GMs, rightly or wrongly, seem to confirm this, and it just seems obvious to me when you read between the lines.
Reply Morena
7:56 AM on July 8, 2012 
paul says...
I'm sure Rondo is a giant pain in many ways. It's not uncommon for highly talented people to be that way, I think. Actually, I suspect a lot of players are pains in different ways. I think what's really going on here is Allen being jealous of Rondo. Several reports attributed to GMs, rightly or wrongly, seem to confirm this, and it just seems obvious to me when you read between the lines.

Yeah, I think that too.
Reply paul
8:12 AM on July 8, 2012 
Morena says...
Yeah, I think that too.


Allen has put a lot of pressure on himself. If he doesn't excel in Miami, this will be an ignominious end to his career. I think he will do well there though. One has to admit that he should be in a position to knock down threes all day long.

At the same time, if Rondo wasn't motivated before - and I think it was obvious that he was - he has a deep well of motivation now. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he returned next season with a killer 3. Would you be? He seems to be the kind of person who can pretty much figure anything out if he sets his mind to it.
Reply Morena
9:17 AM on July 8, 2012 
paul says...
Allen has put a lot of pressure on himself. If he doesn't excel in Miami, this will be an ignominious end to his career. I think he will do well there though. One has to admit that he should be in a position to knock down threes all day long.

At the same time, if Rondo wasn't motivated before - and I think it was obvious that he was - he has a deep well of motivation now. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he returned next season with a killer 3. Would you be? He seems to be the kind of person who can pretty much figure anything out if he sets his mind to it.

I wouldn't be surprised at all!! He has the skills to do whatever he wants, and if he sets his mind to do it, he is so stubborn that he will really have a killer three!!

Allen can do well in Miami, but if he had problems with rondo I can't wait to see how he will get along with James and Wade.
Reply paul
9:28 AM on July 8, 2012 
Morena says...
I wouldn't be surprised at all!! He has the skills to do whatever he wants, and if he sets his mind to do it, he is so stubborn that he will really have a killer three!!

Allen can do well in Miami, but if he had problems with rondo I can't wait to see how he will get along with James and Wade.



I've been shaking my head over that. How are the egos in Miami going to rub Allen?

Supposedly, according to real GM, some GM explained that Allen resented Kobe because he wanted the glory Kobe got, and - as I understood it - he thought that winning a championship would get it for him - and now he's hoping that winning championships and raining threes in Miami will get it for him.

He may be right.

But Rondo may be raining some of his own threes next year....
Reply Morena
9:41 AM on July 8, 2012 
paul says...
I've been shaking my head over that. How are the egos in Miami going to rub Allen?

Supposedly, according to real GM, some GM explained that Allen resented Kobe because he wanted the glory Kobe got, and - as I understood it - he thought that winning a championship would get it for him - and now he's hoping that winning championships and raining threes in Miami will get it for him.

He may be right.

But Rondo may be raining some of his own threes next year....

He could have had his number retired with the Celtics uniform.
I think that for a player (who has already won a championship) there's nothing better than that.
You become history.

Maybe he will understand that in a couple of years.
Reply celticsz
10:15 AM on July 8, 2012 
Especially since President Obama at a charity event, turned to Ray and said, "Can't you teach this kid (Rondo) to shoot?"
paul says...
Allen has put a lot of pressure on himself. If he doesn't excel in Miami, this will be an ignominious end to his career. I think he will do well there though. One has to admit that he should be in a position to knock down threes all day long.

At the same time, if Rondo wasn't motivated before - and I think it was obvious that he was - he has a deep well of motivation now. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he returned next season with a killer 3. Would you be? He seems to be the kind of person who can pretty much figure anything out if he sets his mind to it.