Re: Quit whining!
posted at 2/22/2013 8:25 PM EST
In response to davidap's comment:
Only one team can win the championship each year. It's preposterous to expect Ainge to be able to build a championship contender every season. I trust that he surveyed the trade landscape and decided that he couldn't get enough for Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo to merit moving them at this time. That doesn't mean he won't revisit trading them in the off-season. I'm confident he'll always do his best to improve the team. As fans, we need to be more patient, more realistic, and more understanding of the realities of managing a team.
We're not the other GMs on the phone with Ainge. We don't know whether Jordan and Bledsoe for Garnett was a real possibility, whether Garnett vetoed the move, or whether the Clippers insisted on some other inclusion. Often times it's the trades we don't initially hear about that actually come the closest to happening (think Ray Allen and the Grizzlies last year, or recent revelations about Kobe Bryant almost being dealt to the Pistons back in 2007). Most rumors are just idle speculations on the part of reporters looking for something to write about in their articles and discuss on their radio shows.
The Celtics have been one of the better teams under Ainge's tenure: a championship, two trips to the NBA Finals, and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance. If not for inopportune injuries to Kevin Garnett in 2009, Kendrick Perkins in 2010, and Jeff Green and Avery Bradley in 2012, the Celtics would be looking at three NBA championships in the last 5 years instead of just one. Bad luck, not inept management, held back this group. We should be more appreciative for what Ainge has done, especially after all those miserable post-Bird years.
As bleak as it may look right now for the Celtics' title chances this year, I still hold out a modicum of hope. I think there's a very slight chance they could pull off some upsets. Jeff Green is developing into a legitimate star. Garnett and Pierce both turn their games up a couple notches in the playoffs. Jason Terry is battle-tested. Avery Bradley looks healthy and remains every bit the defensive pest pre-injury. Jordan Crawford might be the scorer off the bench this team sorely needed. Within the next couple weeks we might see a few decent centers bought out of their contracts (Chris Kaman? Jermaine O'Neal? Reggie Evans?)
Let's just root for our team and enjoy the ride instead of complaining like entitled Yankees aficionados. Celtics and Lakers fans deserve to complain the least. It could be much worse.
Fantastic post !!! You must be a Dale Carnegie disciple. I don't know the origin of the saying" It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game". Well that was probably said by someone who lost. On the other hand, I remember Vince Lombardi's saying that "show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser".
Now, for the players winning and losing is much more important to determine their income and longevity in their employment. But putting things in perspective, we are only fans. Yup, I know we buy tickets but are we only entertained if our team wins or, even losing, it played well and did its best. When the Celtics got on their winning streak they played small ball, hustled, did good defense & caused turnovers. It was kind of exciting because most of the time we lost the rebound battle. I think we are a bit of an underdog not having a legitimate Center, KG is a great PF but not a banger in the post and Melo is raw !!! Remember fellow fans it's only a game( I reiterate more important for the players & managers) but for us it's a spectator game, not LIFE and DEATH !!! Serious things in life are job, health and educational issues for ourselves, children & grandchildren and good family relationships, and our team winning or losing has no affect on these important things.
OK, I'm off my soap box...enjoy the game and enjoy the entertainment and skill of the players.