I appreciate the intelligent, nuanced comments that some people made while I attribute the nasty attacks on myself to be the poduct of either alcohol or some type of character flaw or maybe just the product of an inferior intelligence at work. Personally, I think they are just jealous and resentful because thay can't write as well, can't be articulate enough to use the English language as broadly as I can while using all the tools of language that are at our command. Like humor, irony, and sarcasm to name just a few that I used in my post.
Obviousely, I had fun writing that post, and I knew the baited hook would catch some of the bottom feeders here. Thanks for biting. But the post did somewhat articulate the ambivialnce I feel about the off-season, Celtic management, and media coverage. I'm not on board with being a blind fan being lead down the primrose path. I can form my own opinions from my own sources and from the available facts.
For instance, I don't buy the narrative that has grown up out of whole cloth around here that seems to blame Ray Allen for leaving the C's and giving a pass to the entire Celtic's organizatioin: that is just categorically untrue, it is simple-minded, and provides an easy crutch for lazy thinkers to stamp the issue "ANSWERED" and then move on -- and thinking that everyone else is obligated to accept their flawed explanation. That's just foolish: there are many ways to look at the dynamics of what happened in the relationship and why it ended like it did. It should never be a process of placing blame but of understanding the how and why without simpletons stepping in and saying, "It is this, only this, and no other explanation will be tolerated. Get a mind, people, and you kids, grow up.
Sure, some of you haven't heard about swagger and it may be because you don't live in New England and follow New England sports coverage. Swagger was a topic during training camp among the media who were talking about "this team's swagger" but when they asked Tommy about it, he scoffed and had the same response I had -- "they haven't won anything yet! Don't talk about swagger."
Hopefully, any remants of swagger are gone after last night's game. We have a lot to look forward to as this team begins to jell, and the sooner the better because they have a lot of work to do based on last night's performance.
I don't think Jeff Green, for example, will have another game like that for a long time. I just hope it didn't damage his confidence. We'll be getting Wilcox back soon and he will help. But as one person pointed out, the transition defense will have to be tuned up if we expect to keep teams under 100 points most games.
Playing Paul 40 minutes and Rondo 43 won't cut it on a nightly basis. I would have liked to have seen more of Sully, also, well beyond 8 minutes.
I also really don't buy Rondo as team leader and the future of the franchises. Rondo's stock took a big dip on my board this off-season as did Danny's and Doc's. Look at last night: he had two uncalled for technical fouls and then missed the biggest shot of the game in crunch time. Rondo's mindset, the way he sometimes stalled out the offense last season, will continue to be a factor this season. Maybe he can grow past these problems, I sure hope so, but for me seeing is believing. He is an extrodinary point guard, that fact is unarguable, but can he lead this team to a championship playing like he did last night? Despite a great line, 20 - 7 - 13, he clanked a short, clutch jumper that put the game out of reach and that he must make regularly if the C's are to be successful.
Barbosa was just electrifing! Wow oh wowzie! If he could play like that on a regular basis what a boon that would be. He acutally looked faster than Rondo that one time he went almost coast to coast for a layup. Fingers crossed.
Now let's keep the name calling to a minimum and lets hope the folks at Boston.com can get this board working the way it used to. I noticed we seem to have lost some good members and picked up some of dubious character. Welcome to you, you good guys. Some of the foolsishness on this board is never ending and just goes on and on. Some people will try to bully you and run you off the board: don't let'em do it.
It should be an interesting season. Stay critical. Eyes wide open.
Ya can't look at much, can ya, Man.