In the fall of my sophomore year of college, my mom called to tell me that Bear, our family dog, had died. He was suffering from internal bleeding and the pain became so intense that the veterinarian felt it was best to put him down. By the vets estimation, Bear was essentially unable to perform day-to-day "functions" (eating, going to the bathroom, etc.) and his quality of life would be incredibly poor. Despite how difficult a decision this was, my mom knew what she had to do. I still miss Bear.
Mr. Ainge, as President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, You are in the same position as my mother. You will have to decide if you want to keep this team on life support, or if that would simply be delaying the inevitable and it's time to rebuild. I do not envy your position.
|It's true. I actually don't dislike him.|
|Lets Go Celtics...Lets Go Celtics...|
I grew up about 40 miles north of Chicago, so I am and forever will be a Bulls fan. Yes, I even like Joakim Noah.
But I love this Celtics team (as evidenced by my twitter account).
Mr. Ainge, I understand that this team probably is not good enough to come out of the eastern conference, and I understand the business side of things. I understand the pressure you feel to win. Despite the Celtics' fans unbelievable show of support at the end of game six, everyone in New England knows that if you don't produce those same fans will eventually run you out of town (see Terry Francona). I understand that because the 1978-79 team only won 29 games the franchise was able to draft Larry the Legend (John Havlicek had retired at the end of the previous season), and ultimately rebuild incredibly fast. As a Bulls fan I have seen firsthand the danger of not having a plan for "blowing things up." Although, simply avoiding Tim Floyd at all costs probably steers you clear of a decade of loosing.
|It wasn't ALL your fault Tim...|
|Robert Keith Horry Junior|
Mr. Ainge, you have masterfully adhered to the RHTC these past five years and I say thank you. It didn't necessarily produce a championship each year, but it could have. I don't know what you should do; but I do know is that I am thankful for every Garnett explicative, Allen jumper, Rondo pass and Peirce "shimmy" through the lane. Although I was devastated when I learned Bear had died a quickly realized that although I loved him, I couldn't stand for him to be in pain. Mr. Ainge, if you break up this team I'll be upset, but I understand that some things are inevitable. Either way, things will probably never be the same, and maybe that's okay.
Thanks for the memories.
P.S. Before posting any blogs I send them to Sarah to ask her opinion and to elicit feedback. Her response to this blog, "I like it, it's sad....I hate LeBron. I hope the Heat lose. JUSTICE!" I love my wife.
P.P.S. Mr. Ainge, can you settle a ongoing debate between me and my wife? What is better looking, Ray Allen's jump shot or Ray Allen?