posted at 10/22/2013 12:55 PM EDT
In response to puddinpuddin's comment:
In a dysfunctional family, the one wanting out is usually labeled as a "problem."
So far, both RA and BBD have been labeled as a "problem" and both left under duress.
Once a "problem" leaves, things typically continue to fester as new scapegoats are groomed.
The real problem is dysfunctional management (incl doc and DA) that encourages and tolerates scapegoating/favoritism/double standards to begin with.
yes, you are exactly right- the root cause of issues with chemistry / flow was always rondo. now the same people who LOVED that brandon bass kid and thought he was the bee's knees hate him. it's a shame. no discernment. bass was inherently limited from the get go- even more than davis was- but still a good role player, until doc told him not to post up any longer- an ill advised confidence shattering maneuver.
for what it's worth, i was shocked that doc was allowed, over a period lasting two years plus, to conduct his emotional assassin routine on davis- we still don't have someone who hustles like he did and makes our defense over-achieve with help D extraordinaire. the kid has limitations and issues but is still getting better.
ray was well worth keeping but we had over-used him by 2011 to the tune of almost one whole extra season's worth of minutes!!! he needed to be around 28 mins per game to last and be effective and NOT have those long playoff spells of ineffectiveness that he had for us EVERY YEAR he ran so many extra cut backs, curls all to get increasingly contested outside shots in the rondo standstill system.
ray for his part appeared reluctant to go to the bench, something that one of the big 3 should have done starting in 2010 to keep things fresh for us- again, no leadership to make that happen, just try to slam bam it as a result of injury. having not lived through the dysfunction of rondo's increasingly slow-down game style that was rubber stamp approved by doc and danny, i can't say that ray wasn't right in feeling frustration re: bench unit. he should have been able to overcome feelings that he was better than all that.
hopefully all this crap is over now and we start anew with new young head coach, and hopefully rondo runs himself out of town on an excellent trade deal for us.